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Amata’s statement on new economic stimulus bill passed Friday in the U.S. House

Congresswoman Aumua Amata
Sources: Media release from Cong. Aumua Amata's office

Washington, D.C. – Friday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata released the following statement regarding efforts in Congress toward a new round of economic relief:

“Congress has passed four coronavirus relief bills since March — all very much bipartisan — totaling about $2.8 trillion. Some of that relief is in the pipeline for American Samoa, including relief checks and unemployment. The House vote today signals the start of a process considering the next round of relief. At this point, the Senate and House are not on the same page. I believe that in a time of national crisis response, the solutions should be bipartisan and focused on clear needs. We’re all in this pandemic together.

“As always, I’m optimistic that with a little time and persistence, good progress will be made toward a workable bill. Ultimately, a bipartisan bill is the only possible way forward, and I would urge my colleagues to pick up negotiations focused on the clear economic and health needs of the pandemic. These outcomes should remember small businesses, the unemployed, people with lower incomes, and especially communities that have additional economic realities based on population and geography, such as American Samoa. Congress should seek out a bipartisan way forward to include these potential items based on real economic relief, and health and nutrition needs.”