Amata lobbies for territory before U.S. House Budget Committee
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Aumua Amata, testified on Wednesday before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill during the Member’s Day hearing, which allows members from both parties five minutes to present their “guidance” for the coming year’s budget.
“It is my mission to see that the people of American Samoa are afforded the same opportunities and resources as their countrymen here in the states and the other territories, which is why I serve as the Vice Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, and it is in that capacity that I speak to you today,” said Amata.
“The dedication of the people of the territories to the United States is unquestioned, as evidenced by their unmatched rate of enlistment into our nation’s armed forces, and we are grateful for all funding assistance. However, for many years now, the territories have been shortchanged, and even left out all together when it comes to funding from the federal government,” continued the Congresswoman.
During her testimony, Amata touched on some of the issues facing American Samoa including, the lack of proper funds for LBJ hospital, the discrepancies between the states and territories in terms of education funding per student, and the lack of transportation and infrastructure funding for road and bridge upkeep, to name just a few.