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Washington, D.C.—Faleomavaega Believes Manu’a Deserves Better Budgetary Allocation (10/28/2008)

Congressman Faleomavaega today announced that after all these years of traveling to Manu’a to assess her many needs, one of the biggest problems why Manu’a continues to lag behind with its overall development is because there has never been any real serious decisions taken by both the executive and legislative branches of the local government to properly determine, for example, how much of this year’s ASG $340 million budget, should be specifically earmarked for Manu’a’s needs. ...more »

Washington, D.C.—Faleomavaega Fully Supports “Yes” Vote on Referendum to Amend Local Constitution (10/28/2008)
Faleomavaega today announced that after consultations with leaders and members of the Fono and the public, he has given full support on amending a certain provision in American Samoa’s constitution to give the Fono an equal say on the process of passage and overriding the Governor’s veto power.   ...more »

Washington, D.C.—Faleomavaega Requests Attorney General Mukasey to Look into the Matter of 42 Indonesian Fishermen in American Samoa (10/7/2008)
Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Sudjadnan Parnohadiningrat, requested his assistance regarding 42 Indonesian fishermen who are believed to be held in American Samoa, three of whom are believed to be missing.  In response to the Ambassador’s concern, and in his capacity as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and the Global Environment, Faleomavaega has written to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to request the FBI to investigate this matter to determine if any Federal laws possibly have been violated.  Copies of Faleomavaega’s letter to the AG were forwarded to Governor Togiola Tulafono, Lieutenant Governor Faoa Sunia, President Lolo Moliga and Senators, and Speaker Savali Ale and Representatives of the Fono.  The full text of the Congressman’s letter follows.  ...more »

Washington, D.C.—Faleomavaega Says Rosie’s “Time Bomb” is a Dud, and Governor Togiola is Wrong Again (10/7/2008)
Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is responding to Ms. Rosie Lancaster and Governor Togiola’s call to action to remove section 421 from H.R. 2830.  Section 421 is based on H.R. 3669, a bill Faleomavaega introduced to strengthen the US tuna fishing fleet.  The bill was incorporated as section 421 of H.R. 2830, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007, which passed the US House of Representatives on April 24, 2008.  ...more »

Washington, D.C.—30A Tax Credits for American Samoa are Now Extended; President Bush Signs Emergency Economic Stabilization Act into Law (10/3/2008)
Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that President Bush just signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 into law, and Faleomavaega’s provision to extend 30A tax credits for American Samoa’s canneries is included.  ...more »