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Lemanu-Talauega admin comment after defeat of $36Mil supplemental bill

Gov. Lemanu P.S. Mauga
Say they remain committed to working with Fono on legislative priorities

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — After the Senate turned down the $36 million supplemental appropriation bill, Governor Lemanu P. S. Mauga and Lt. Governor Talauega E. V. Ale continue their commitment to working with Fono leaders to address the pressing needs of the territory.

While the recent vote by the Senate on the supplemental appropriation bill is disappointing, the administration recognizes that such decisions express the concerns of some Senators. Governor Lemanu acknowledges that this is an integral part of our democratic process and, in many situations, serves as the mechanism through which the government can refine and improve proposed legislation.

"Our government operates on a foundation of collaboration and communication, bringing all parties to the table to work together for the greater good of our people," Gov. Lemanu said. "We respect the opinions and concerns of our Senators, as this diversity of perspectives is fundamental to the efficiency of our system.”

While the administration remains steadfast in its dedication to collaborating with Fono leaders, the administration is committed to taking necessary actions to guarantee that the appropriations ultimately align with the needs and priorities of the people of American Samoa.

"Our focus remains on the well-being of the people of American Samoa. We are confident that, through open communication and collaboration with the Fono leaders, we can address concerns and find common ground that benefits our community," the governor said.