Eni Faleomavaega

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Eni Faleomavaega said : "I would strongly encourage Senator Tuaolo to pursue this issue again," External link

pidp Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank Secretary Babbitt and officials in the Office of Insular Affairs for their strong support of our federal funding," "In this period during which ASG (American Samoa Government) is making efforts to balance its budget, it is welcome news that ASG will not also have to address a reduction in this year's federal funding" External link

pidp Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:19:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated : "My deepest condolences go out to the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of these despicable acts," External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I also express my absolute support for President Bush," "We must support the President in using all means and resources to identify, to pursue, and to punish the persons and organizations responsible for these attacks" External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "We must call upon all the leaders of the world for a coordinated international response to terrorism. This is no longer a national or regional issue," "This matter should and must require the support of all freedom-loving nations of the world" External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Labor ) : "As a matter of practice, I publicly refrain from speaking to the press about on-going Federal investigations," "It is inexcusable that U.S. Department of Labor officials do not abide by a similar policy. Such lapse in judgment and procedure has caused American Samoa to be unfairly depicted in the press" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have asked the newly appointed Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, to fully review this matter and ensure that steps are taken to prevent this kind of situation from occurring again," "For the Secretary’s consideration, I attached reports from the New York Times, Dallas Morning Star and Orange Country Register. Each contained reports of interviews with U.S. Department of Labor officials as well as data from internal findings. Although the newspaper articles contained erroneous information, it is clear that outside sources had access to internal government documents" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to know how these reports, which were incomplete at best, were obtained by outside sources," "I also want to know why lead investigators felt they were free to speak to the press about an on-going Federal investigation. I will be working closely with the Secretary during this investigation and am looking forward to bringing this matter to a fair and expeditious resolution" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about George W Bush ) : "Once more, I give all the credit and thanks to God for his guidance," "And I also appreciate the President's support" External link

pidp Friday, October 18, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I also continue to be hopeful that our local government will take a serious look at the report issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Commission and present to Congress a unified plan for economic development. Most of all, I want to once again thank our friends in the House and Senate for their support in extending our tax credits. As I have always said, it takes both parties to get things done in Washington and this is why I have always put American Samoa first and worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation for the benefit of our people." External link

pidp Friday, October 18, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added : "I am also aware of the specific efforts taken by the council and the Aiga Tautai o Samoa (Samoan Voyaging Society) to preserve and promote Samoan traditional boat building and seafaring. This is a very deserving effort and the organizations are to be commended for their dedication and hard work," External link

pidp Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "On Wednesday night, a bill was introduced which, if passed, would allow Andean countries, including Ecuador, to export canned tuna, duty free, to the U.S.," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added : "I think it is important for our people to know that this legislation holds serious implications for American Samoa. The President of Chicken of the Sea (Samoa-Packing) has noted that it will be forced to downsize its operations by 50 percent if this legislation passes Congress," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "StarKist insists that its operations in American Samoa will remain unaffected if this legislation passes, but I do not believe that this will be the case," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "Approximately 10,000 cannery workers in California, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are going to be without jobs if this bill passes, and I predict in the future, some 5,000 cannery workers in American Samoa are going to lose their jobs because of this initiative by Heinz - StarKist," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Faced with the difficult task of responding to the attacks on the Nation of September 11th, Congress needed additional time to resolve differences in next year's budget bills. The U.S. House and Senate have both approved legislation this week to continue federal funding at current levels, but this is the first time I can recall that the fiscal year will have ended with none of the 13 appropriation bills having been signed into law," External link

pidp Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution put forward by the Republicans, cuts East-West Center funding from the current $23 million to $10.7 million. But, Republican Congressman Royce, Canseco and McClintock proposed amendments which would eliminate all East-West Center funding," "While I agree that we need to cut the federal budget, I do not believe we should carelessly use a machete, a samurai sword or a sledgehammer to discard programs that are necessary to protecting U.S. interests in this region of the world. The East-West Center was established by Federal law of the U.S. Congress in 1960. President Eisenhower signed the Mutual Security Act of 1960 which authorized its creation only after the State Department conducted a study and reported back to Congress about the relevance of establishing the East-West Center" External link

pidp Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "More than 50,000 people from the Asia Pacific region have participated in EWC programs including many who currently hold positions of leadership including heads of government, cabinet members, university and NGO presidents, corporate and media leaders. The U.S. would do well to keep its seat at this table and for, this reason, I am hopeful my colleagues will oppose these amendments and instead support the base bill and the committee's mark concerning the East-West Center," External link

pidp Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This amount represents a very small portion of the federal assistance American Samoa will receive this fiscal year in the form of grants," External link

pidp Friday, August 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have been working with Mr. Hagemeyer for several years now in an effort to increase the presence of the weather service in American Samoa," External link

pidp Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about James Baker ) : "I want to thank NOAA Administrator Dr. D. James Baker, Mr. Hagemeyer, and others involved in preparing the NWS budget, but we must also recognize that this support would not have been there without the excellent work of HC Leilua Akapo Akapo, director of our local weather station, his deputy director HC Liufau Tanielu, and their staff members. Their work has resulted in many lives being saved. With our distance from major forecast centers, they often have to produce forecasts under very adverse circumstances, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude," External link

pidp Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) has invited our senior level officials in American Samoa to enroll in communications training courses that will contribute to American Samoa’s efforts to enjoy the most modern and comprehensive communications systems of the 21st century," External link

pidp Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added ( about Solutions ) : "I have informed the Governor and members of the Fono of this tuition-free opportunity," "I have also provided them with necessary applications for participation. Courses range from Wireless Communications Solutions to Satellite Communications Technology to Hands-On Fiber Optic Intensive Training" External link

pidp Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This will be of tremendous assistance to all our veterans, particularly our vets with service-related disabilities," External link

pidp Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In another first for Samoan females, it is a real honor to bring to the attention of my fellow Samoans yet another success story. Ms. Figiel’s book was a best seller in New Zealand and is the winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Prize," External link

pidp Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Although the WSJ is a conservative newspaper, on-line it bills itself as a neutral site for professors, teachers and educators. But when reporting about American Samoa, the WSJ failed to follow the basic canons of journalism 101 which require truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability," "While it is disappointing that the WSJ would make up a story to suit its purposes and suppress information that does not, read on for the truth about American Samoa’s tuna cannery workers and minimum wage rates in the U.S. territory" External link

pidp Friday, June 28, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "As fellow Americans who proudly serve our country with distinction and honor, the color of our skin may be dark but our blood still runs red, white and blue. Remember this the next time some journalist at the WSJ suggests otherwise," External link

pidp Friday, June 28, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "So the hearing is still set for July 17," External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The Fono has the right to make a resolution... and I respect the Fono's opinion. However, I have a responsibility to our people," "In other words the Fono has the right to express their opinion" External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I question some of the substance of the letter to Chairman Hansen, such as the unanimous agreement by the Fono to delay the hearing," External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about President Clinton ) : "I am pleased with the President's proposal for American Samoa," "This is our second year with construction (Capital Improvement Project) funding at the $10.1 million level, which is a tremendous opportunity to continue the development of our infrastructure. While other areas are being cut or are having matching requirements imposed on them for federal funding, we received an increase two years ago and retained it this year" External link

pidp Monday, June 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Ambassador Le Van Bang contacted my office shortly after directing his assistant, the Charge D’Affairs, to respond to the Governor’s (Tauese Sunia) recent correspondence to the Embassy," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am pleased that the Ambassador is taking preliminary steps to resolve this crisis. I am also pleased that he directed his assistant, the Honorable Pham Van Que, to inform the Governor’s office of Vietnam’s attempt to bring resolution to this matter," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "At this time, I have informed the Ambassador that our local leaders must have a voice in determining what course of action should be taken. I will be discussing the matter in further detail with the Governor and Fono leaders this week. In the interim, members of my D.C. staff will be meeting with Vietnamese Embassy officials as early as Tuesday, February 20th," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Although the Ambassador and his Charge D’Affairs have acknowledged the Government of Vietnam’s intent to help its workers return home, it is still unclear as to whether or not Vietnam is committed to assisting financially. It is my intent to meet with the Ambassador upon my return to Washington to clarify and solidify the Government of Vietnam’s participation in bringing this matter to a fair and expeditious resolution," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Association ) : "It is my understanding that the Governor will be in Washington for the National Governors’ Association conference during the time of my scheduled meeting with the Ambassador. I have invited the Governor to meet with us during this time. If his schedule permits, this will be an opportune time for us to work together to resolve this crisis for the good of our Territory and the Government of Vietnam," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In preparation for our discussion, I have made plain to the Ambassador that we will need to resolve three primary issues now facing our Territory and the Government of Vietnam. One, we must address the issue of back wages owed to more than 250 Vietnamese workers. Two, we must come to terms on transportation costs associated with the workers returning to Vietnam. Three, we must address the concerns of those voicing objections to returning to their homeland," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Ultimately, I believe we are faced with this crisis because Company 12, under the auspices of the Government of Vietnam, failed to establish a firm understanding with Daewoosa about which party would assume responsibility for the workers’ wages, food, lodging, and airfare to and from Vietnam. Because no clear contractual agreement was made between the two parties, the Government of Vietnam is now caught in a dispute that is well on its way to becoming an international incident," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have expressed my concern to the Ambassador that the people of American Samoa are also suffering as a result of Company 12 and Daewoosa’s failure to implement good-faith business practices from the onset. The New York Times, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Morning News have released reports suggesting that Samoans lack compassion for the plight of the Vietnamese people," "Yet the truth is many in our Territory have embraced the people of Vietnam, provided them with food and lodging, and tended to their medical needs" External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It is most unfortunate that the situation at Daewoosa has escalated to the point of crisis," "But I am hopeful that after consultations with our local government leaders and Vietnamese officials we can resolve this serious matter once and for all" External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In response to the provisions included in P.L. 110-28 requiring the DOL to undertake a study to determine the impact of minimum wage increases, I am pleased that the report concludes that neither Chicken of the Sea nor StarKist has reduced output or working hours in immediate response to the first fifty-cent increase in the minimum wage. Although both companies have stated they may do so in the future, I believe we can agree that our tuna cannery and lowest paid government workers deserved an immediate increase of fifty cents per hour after not getting an increase of any worth for the past ten years," "Regarding automatic increases, or escalator clauses, every year thereafter, the report also supports what I have said from the outset. Our economy cannot afford automatic increases in minimum wage. Automatic increases could lead to the closing of both canneries. Given that our economy has not been diversified, we cannot afford for our canneries to pack up and leave. This is why the Governor, my office, and the Fono have worked together to provide our canneries with the local and federal incentives they need to stay in American Samoa" External link

pidp Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I also thank Governor Togiola and his staff for providing the DOL with much needed information. By way of our mutual cooperation and based on the findings of the DOL study, I am confident that the Governor, Fono, and I will send a unified message to Congress requesting enactment of legislation which will put an end to automatic increases in minimum wage and which will empower the DOL, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the American Samoa Government, to conduct economic assessments every two years to determine when and if our economy can absorb future increases," External link

pidp Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "Are we so desperate that we need foreigner workers? Is this a short term or long term need?" External link

pidp Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "Another issue at hand, does Daewoosa have the capability to return these people back to their homeland, similar to BCTC?" External link

pidp Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I want to thank Chairman Tom Lantos and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for their support of this bill, and also the Members of the Committee who voted unanimously to move this bill forward. The bill will now be considered on the House Floor in the near future, and I am hopeful that the Senate will also take up the bill so we can get this legislation signed into law. Although we still have a ways to go before these measures can become law, I am pleased by today’s outcome and I, again, thank my colleagues for their support," External link

pidp Monday, May 6, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am very pleased that General Shinseki made a special mention and recognition of Mr. Nicholas Punimata during his remarks as the first ever Warrant Officer in the Army to receive the General MacArthur award," External link

pidp Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Needless to say, Mr. Punimata has set new standards and milestones for many soldiers in the military, especially those of Samoan ethnicity, to follow. He truly is among the ‘best of the best’ in the Army," External link

pidp Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "During my meeting with Mr. Fraser, I emphasized the importance of resolving the Daewoosa problems as promptly as possible. I also stressed the importance I place on having employers in American Samoa comply with federal labor laws, and I shared my belief that companies who are unwilling to do this should not be allowed to conduct business in our territory," External link

pidp Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:44:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am very concerned about this issue at hand," External link

pidp Monday, April 22, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "If passed in its current form, tariffs on tuna imports from Andean countries would decline to zero in 2008," "In other words, by 2008, tuna processed in Ecuador would be given the same duty-free access to U.S. markets as tuna processed in American Samoa" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Both Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee oppose this legislation. StarKist supports the measure. I am deeply troubled that StarKist is the only U.S. processor of tuna that supports preferential treatment for Ecuador," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This legislation holds serious implications for American Samoa and the tuna industry at large. Ecuador has a wage rate of $.69 per hour. Ecuador also has the capacity to produce enough canned tuna to flood the American market. If passed, this legislation would have a devastating effect on our local economy and would threaten the very existence of the U.S. tuna industry," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The CEO of Chicken of the Sea has already noted that if this legislation passes, its operations in American Samoa would be forced to downsize by 50%. Chicken of the Sea wants to maintain its operations in American Samoa," "This is why Chicken of the Sea has requested my support in opposing this legislation" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Mr Rogers ) : "I am disappointed in Mr. Rogers’ assessment of American Samoa," "American Samoa, after all, has had more than a forty year relationship with StarKist. StarKist knows that expansion is absolutely possible in American Samoa. It has been so for more than forty years. It continues to be possible today" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As I stated earlier, I am disappointed that StarKist is the only U.S. processor of tuna that supports preferential treatment for Ecuador. The fact of the matter is Bumble Bee has close to $25 million invested in Ecuador and does not support the inclusion of tuna in the Andean Trade Act," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am continuing my work with other senior members of the House and Senate, both Republican and Democrat, to see that the interests of American Samoa are protected," "However, I think it is important to note that if we are successful in exempting tuna from the Andean Trade Act at this time, it will only be a matter of years before similar legislation is introduced again" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is why I believe it is in our best interest to prepare for the future," "At the same time, we must consider new ways of making our existing partnerships more meaningful and equitable for as long as the tuna industry chooses to do business in American Samoa" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "A total of 8,042 surveys were distributed to the public," "One thousand nine hundred and thirty two (1,932) surveys were completed and returned. Two hundred and seventeen (217) surveys were completed by the general public. One thousand two hundred and forty-nine (1,249) surveys were completed by high school students. Four hundred and sixty six (466) surveys were completed by American Samoa Community College (ASCC) students and faculty members" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "Although results have been compiled for some time, I felt it was only appropriate for us to reflect on last year’s events and pay our respects to the sons and daughters of American Samoa who are serving in the U.S. military at a time when the U.S. faces new threats in the war against terrorism," "Like the rest of the nation, I also believe it is time for us to consider critical issues now facing our Territory" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "For the first time in the history of American Samoa, a Congressional survey was distributed for purposes of giving the public greater input in the affairs of our government. Survey results shows that the people of American Samoa have very strong feelings about important issues such as economic development, citizenship, immigration, federal court jurisdiction, and the voting rights of our men and women serving in the U.S. military," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I believe these results suggest that our people want their children to have the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship. But I also believe there is a real sense of concern among our people that we must protect our borders in order to protect the Samoan way," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "When U.S. tuna boats pull into our docks, the captain and crews consistently purchase fuel and supplies from our local shops. In this sense, the U.S. tuna boat owners are reinvesting in American Samoa," "Whether or not the same is happening when foreign vessels pull into our ports is a matter that must be considered and reviewed" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Of those surveyed, 85% also agree that our men and women serving in the U.S. military should be allowed to register as absentee voters, according to Federal law," "Federal law is very clear on this matter. Every man and woman serving in the U.S. military is entitled to vote by absentee ballot. But, time and time again, our military men and women have been denied the right to vote because the local election office insists they must register to vote in person" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Of those surveyed, 56% also agree that it is unfair to hold run-off elections two weeks after a general election because once again this does not allow enough time for our men and women serving in the military to vote by absentee ballot," "Clearly, these issues must be addressed and, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the time to address these matters is now" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In the coming months, I also look forward to discussing the fact that 85% of those surveyed agree that tourism should be promoted as a local industry. Many of you also suggested that aquaculture should be promoted and I am pleased to announce that we can look forward to some new developments in these areas," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) was established in 1966 to improve marine resource conservation and management," "The program is patterned after the Land Grant College Program and currently there are 30 Sea Grant College programs that represent more than 300 academic institutions" External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Pacific Islanders ) : "I am particularly pleased that this amendment offered in the nature of a substitute includes a provision for the U.S. Territories. This provision directs the Secretary of the Commerce to report the administrative, technical and financial assistance provided by the Secretary to the Territories. The provision also directs the Secretary to report the additional actions and activities necessary for those entities to meet the qualifications for Sea Grant designation," "Congressman Underwood and I have worked for some time to bring attention to the unique and singular needs of the U.S. Territories. For most Pacific Islanders, the ocean is our farm and we are in dire need of administrative, technical and financial assistance to develop Sea Grant affiliations within the region" External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Pacific Islanders ) : "I would also like to note that the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program has been instrumental in assisting Pacific Island communities in developing Sea Grant extension activities and I would like to personally thank Dr. Gordon Grau, Director of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program, for his commitment to our remote communities," External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "For the past seven months, I have been working with the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service to address the immediate public safety needs of our Territory," External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I’ve been told that it would cost approximately $200,000 to purchase this truck new," "I’ve also been assured that this fire truck is perfect for the Territory. In fact, Dennis Orbus and Rusty Witwer of the Fire and Aviation Management Division of the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Region checked out several vehicles over the course of the past seven months before informing me of this one" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As I have noted before, the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service includes California, Hawai‘i, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the CNMI, Guam, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands," "Many of these areas are also in need of fire equipment and vehicles. We are fortunate that we have been able to obtain three fire trucks in the past several months that have less than 30,000 miles per vehicle. If we were to fix a dollar amount to the new purchase price of these vehicles, we could easily say that the Territory has received more than $400,000 worth of fire trucks and equipment as a result of this emergency funding initiative" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It is my understanding that our local fire department used its most recent U.S. Forest Service disbursement to purchase the refurbished fire truck now housed at the Fagatogo fire station. Now that the Fagatogo station is equipped, I am hopeful that the 750 gallon truck I am sending to the Territory, with no cost to ASG, will be placed at the station in Tafuna," "I am also hopeful that the two model 41s I recently secured can now be placed in the outlying villages to ensure the safety of those who live in our more rural areas" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank the Pacific Southwest Region and the Department of the Interior for their assistance in this public safety effort. I also want to thank our Commissioner of Public Safety, High Chief Tuiteleapaga Ioane Fue. Despite ASG’s financial difficulties, I firmly believe that the people of this Territory deserve an immediate infrastructure of safety," "I am hopeful that the three trucks we have been able to secure with no cost to the Territory will provide a base of security and safety for our people. If other federal assistance is needed, I am always available and committed to assisting ASG in its efforts to address the local needs of this Territory" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have also brought the matter to the attention of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Florida Governor Jeb Bush," "Several of my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, are also lending their support to this effort and I would like to thank Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek (D-FL) and Congressmen Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Gene Taylor (D-MS), Zach Wamp (R-TN), and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) for signing on to my letter requesting a full and immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Mrs. Sharlene ‘Sally’ Jones" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Sally Jones ) : "Sharlene ‘Sally’ Jones, a relative of District Governor Galea’i Moaliitele, and her husband and 15 year old daughter, were preparing to move to American Samoa. In fact, they were in the process of closing their business and were scheduled to leave for American Samoa on June 28, 2002 but Sally was shot to death on the morning of May 22, 2002 while working at her jewelry store," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "To date, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department and Zephyrhills Police Department have failed to make any contact with Sally’s family including her parents who believe they have information that is important to this case. What really happened on the morning of Sally’s death and why remains to be answered. Did race play a role in the Deputy’s decision to shoot the victim? Is there a connection between the Railroad Retirement Board’s investigation and Sally’s death? Why did Sally fear for her life?" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to especially thank Mr. Dave Burney, CEO and President of the South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC), Mr. Lee Hung-wen, Vice Chairman of the FCF Fishery, and Mr. Hsieh Ta-wen, Director General of the Taiwan Fishery Administration for inviting me to participate in the launching ceremony of the newest purse seine vessel, the ‘Sea Fox’," "More importantly, I was pleased to discuss American Samoa’s needs and to support SPTC’s efforts to build the US tuna fishing fleet" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Taiwan has probably the best tuna boat building capabilities in the world and SPTC is working closing with Taiwan to rebuild the US tuna fishing fleet. The US tuna fishing fleet started off with about 35 vessels from San Diego, which fished out of American Samoa. The fleet has dwindled down to 14 vessels and this raises serious questions about where our canneries are going to get their fish. If there is no fish, there are no canneries," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is why we need boats and this is why I am pleased to be working closely with SPTC, Taiwan’s Ministry of Fisheries, and FCF. Right now, as a result of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, the US is allowed up to 40 vessels to fish in Pacific waters. We are hopeful that in the next year or two, we will be able to add an additional 10 vessels to our current fleet of 14," "Increasing our fleet will also provide job opportunities to American Samoans who may be interested in becoming captains to man these multimillion dollar fishing vessels. This is a golden opportunity for students who may seek careers in this field and who may be interested in applying for possible enrollment as a candidate for the US Merchant Marine Academy" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "It is my intent to continue discussions with our other regional partners including our South Pacific neighbors. During my meeting with the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, I encouraged our Pacific Island leaders to also develop their fishing fleets and send their fish to American Samoa’s canneries. I am sure that in due time we can work out an agreement that is beneficial to us all and I am pleased with the progress we have made thus far," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "American Samoa has been very fortunate to receive these federal programs to deal with the issues of delinquency and violence in our community," External link

pidp Friday, January 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Command Sergeant Major Iuni Savusa is most deserving of this promotion," "It is my understanding that Iuni Savusa is the first Samoan enlisted in the U.S. Army to ever achieve the position of Command Sergeant Major in a military installation or post and I am proud of him for it" External link

pidp Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:31:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Guam is now at a very, very critical point," External link

pidp Tuesday, December 25, 2018 7:45:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Congressman Christopher Smith, Chairman, and Congressman Lane Evans, Ranking Member, signed on to a letter I am sending to the U.S. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs requesting an expedited review of our forthcoming application to construct and staff a veterans’ clinic in the Territory," "This is an important development because it reaches across party lines and sends a clear message that there is bi-partisan support for this effort" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As a senior Democrat in Congress, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Congressman Smith and Congressman Evans for some time now. Although many people are under the assumption that Congress is all about political parties, the fact of the matter is Congress is about relationships established over long periods of time," "I’ve worked with Chris Smith for a number of years now on the House Committee on International Relations. We also work together on the East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee where I serve as Ranking Member" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Lane Evans ) : "Lane Evans and I worked together in authorizing legislation for the VA home loan program in American Samoa," "I am thankful that as a result of our continued association both members are fully committed to supporting this initiative to address the needs of our local veterans" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As we have noted in our joint letter to Secretary Principi, we believe that veterans living in American Samoa should be offered the same services and benefits offered to those residing in other parts of the United States. The establishment of a VA clinic in American Samoa must be a critical and urgent priority of the Veterans’ Administration," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am hopeful that as a result of our joint commitment we will be able to move this process forward and expedite the review of our application. My office continues to remain in constant communication with Dave Burge, Regional Director of the Veterans’ Administration in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Mr. Burge has assured me that he will be submitting an application in support of our request by the end of June," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have already contacted the national Veterans’ administration to make them aware of the forthcoming application. As part of my continued commitment to the people of this Territory, I will continue to do all I can to ensure that our application is treated fairly and equitably in the process. I will also continue to work with my friends in Congress to see that the needs of our Territory are met," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The federal government continues to provide for nearly 75 percent of our needs and I am appreciative of the Veterans’ Administration’s willingness to provide additional dollars for the health and well-being of our veterans. I am also appreciative of our local Senate’s continued commitment and support of this initiative," "I am hopeful that as a result of our joint efforts we will be able to make a difference for veterans living in American Samoa" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am extremely pleased that the Appropriations committees in Congress approved these much needed funds so our airports can be upgraded to meet FAA standards," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is welcome news for our territory especially in terms of our overall long-term economic development," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "By extending the runway at our main airport on Tutuila, we would meet the design standards that are required in order for large aircraft to land without any weight restrictions. And extending the runway at the Fitiuta airport will provide additional safety for night-time flight operations as well as for emergency medical flights," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Just a couple of weeks ago, our territory also received $2.2 million in Federal entitlement funds for construction of new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting buildings in Tafuna and Fitiuta airports as well as for purchase of an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle for the Fitiuta Airport," "Needless to say, I am very pleased the Federal assistance for our airports will greatly improve the safety of our traveling public and the way of life for our general population" External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "Once again, I congratulate Director Abe Malae and his staff at the Department of Port Administration for submitting the successful proposals and for the tremendous job they continue to do in improving our airports," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank Danny Aranza and his staff at the Office of Insular Affairs for making the necessary arrangements to ensure ASG receives its operations funding on time. Because the Department of the Interior will only be funded for six days of the new fiscal year, OIA had to make a special request to forward to ASG a full month's operations' funding," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 9:43:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services," "American Samoa’s Department of Education will receive the funds and will be responsible for the management and distribution of the funds" External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "These funds are discretionary, meaning that at the discretion of Congress, the Federal government provides regions with allotted sums of money to address local needs. In the case of the Head Start program," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the region with operational funds and, in turn, the region provides American Samoa with basic and expansion funds to operate the Head Start program in American Samoa. In other words," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As long as Congress continues to support the Head Start program, American Samoa will continue to receive base funds plus additional dollars for quality improvement and cost of living adjustments," "This is why you can be assured that the Head Start program has my full support. I am firmly committed to continuing my service to the people of American Samoa to see that the needs of our Territory are met and addressed" External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to commend the work of our local leaders and all those serving in the Head Start program. I thank you for your continued commitment to our children," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "Not long ago, Governor Sunia asked me for assistance in either repealing the applicability of federal child tax credit laws to American Samoa, or in enacting a new law which would authorize the Federal government to pay the entire child tax credit obligation to all eligible taxpayers in the territory," External link

pidp Monday, November 27, 2017 3:53:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega declared ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "After a careful review of current Federal and American Samoa tax law and how these laws have been implemented, I have determined that ASG can repeal the portion of the child tax credit laws that obligate it to pay a portion of the credits, and leave in place the portion of the laws that the Federal government has agreed to pay," External link

pidp Monday, November 27, 2017 3:53:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about House ) : "The House and Senate responded positively to my requests to improve our tobacco provision," External link

pidp Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am expecting a Presidential veto of this bill," External link

pidp Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It was a pleasant surprise and I was glad that Conan stopped by to visit with me," "I am very proud of Conan's progress at West Point and I look forward to when he graduates in about a year" External link

pidp Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:28:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "I am very happy to receive this important post that will be beneficial for American Samoa and our cousins in the region. " External link

pidp Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega replied : "For the record, yes, I am definitely planning to run again this November for Congress," External link

pidp Monday, August 14, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated : "Here's a Samoan young lady, a product of our local education system, excelling in one of the most demanding jobs in the world. It is a remarkable example to all of our young people and truly a proud moment for Samoa that Laura has gone so far in her career," External link

pidp Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:13:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I am extremely proud of Laura. Not only is she the first Samoan female pilot hired by a major U.S. carrier --- she is also only the fourth woman ever hired as a pilot by Delta Airlines," External link

pidp Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:13:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega explained : "American Samoa’s commitment to the United States has been strong throughout the century. For decades American Samoa served as a Naval coaling station for U.S. ships in the Pacific, including during World War II. American Samoa was the staging point for 30,000 U.S. Marines involved in the Pacific theater," External link

pidp Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:28:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "I recommend that American Samoa plan to hold a competition to select a design for the coin," External link

pidp Monday, September 19, 2016 6:29:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : “Our grandmothers are waiting to hear your apology echo in the very chamber where Resolution 121 was passed,” External link

joongangdaily Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:04:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : “the survivors who remain deserve justice and closure in their final days,” External link

kbs-en Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:57:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
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chairman of the subcommittee2.27%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
member9.09%EN12/11/201311/12/2013
delegado2.27%ES10/01/200901/10/2009
delegado2.27%PT10/01/200901/10/2009
président2.27%FR09/11/200811/09/2008
chairman2.27%EN09/28/200728/09/2007
Names Lang Count
Eni FaleomavaegaEN61.18%
Eni FaleomavaegaFR11.76%
Eni FaleomavaegaEU11.76%
Eni FaleomavaegaDE11.76%
Eni FaleomavegaEN3.53%
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Eni Faleomavaega said : "I would strongly encourage Senator Tuaolo to pursue this issue again," External link

pidp Thursday, November 7, 2019 6:42:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank Secretary Babbitt and officials in the Office of Insular Affairs for their strong support of our federal funding," "In this period during which ASG (American Samoa Government) is making efforts to balance its budget, it is welcome news that ASG will not also have to address a reduction in this year's federal funding" External link

pidp Wednesday, November 6, 2019 8:19:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated : "My deepest condolences go out to the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of these despicable acts," External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I also express my absolute support for President Bush," "We must support the President in using all means and resources to identify, to pursue, and to punish the persons and organizations responsible for these attacks" External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "We must call upon all the leaders of the world for a coordinated international response to terrorism. This is no longer a national or regional issue," "This matter should and must require the support of all freedom-loving nations of the world" External link

pidp Monday, November 4, 2019 9:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Labor ) : "As a matter of practice, I publicly refrain from speaking to the press about on-going Federal investigations," "It is inexcusable that U.S. Department of Labor officials do not abide by a similar policy. Such lapse in judgment and procedure has caused American Samoa to be unfairly depicted in the press" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have asked the newly appointed Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao, to fully review this matter and ensure that steps are taken to prevent this kind of situation from occurring again," "For the Secretary’s consideration, I attached reports from the New York Times, Dallas Morning Star and Orange Country Register. Each contained reports of interviews with U.S. Department of Labor officials as well as data from internal findings. Although the newspaper articles contained erroneous information, it is clear that outside sources had access to internal government documents" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to know how these reports, which were incomplete at best, were obtained by outside sources," "I also want to know why lead investigators felt they were free to speak to the press about an on-going Federal investigation. I will be working closely with the Secretary during this investigation and am looking forward to bringing this matter to a fair and expeditious resolution" External link

pidp Saturday, October 19, 2019 3:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about George W Bush ) : "Once more, I give all the credit and thanks to God for his guidance," "And I also appreciate the President's support" External link

pidp Friday, October 18, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I also continue to be hopeful that our local government will take a serious look at the report issued by the American Samoa Economic Development Commission and present to Congress a unified plan for economic development. Most of all, I want to once again thank our friends in the House and Senate for their support in extending our tax credits. As I have always said, it takes both parties to get things done in Washington and this is why I have always put American Samoa first and worked with Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation for the benefit of our people." External link

pidp Friday, October 18, 2019 12:54:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added : "I am also aware of the specific efforts taken by the council and the Aiga Tautai o Samoa (Samoan Voyaging Society) to preserve and promote Samoan traditional boat building and seafaring. This is a very deserving effort and the organizations are to be commended for their dedication and hard work," External link

pidp Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:14:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "On Wednesday night, a bill was introduced which, if passed, would allow Andean countries, including Ecuador, to export canned tuna, duty free, to the U.S.," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added : "I think it is important for our people to know that this legislation holds serious implications for American Samoa. The President of Chicken of the Sea (Samoa-Packing) has noted that it will be forced to downsize its operations by 50 percent if this legislation passes Congress," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "StarKist insists that its operations in American Samoa will remain unaffected if this legislation passes, but I do not believe that this will be the case," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "Approximately 10,000 cannery workers in California, Puerto Rico and American Samoa are going to be without jobs if this bill passes, and I predict in the future, some 5,000 cannery workers in American Samoa are going to lose their jobs because of this initiative by Heinz - StarKist," External link

pidp Sunday, October 13, 2019 1:05:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Faced with the difficult task of responding to the attacks on the Nation of September 11th, Congress needed additional time to resolve differences in next year's budget bills. The U.S. House and Senate have both approved legislation this week to continue federal funding at current levels, but this is the first time I can recall that the fiscal year will have ended with none of the 13 appropriation bills having been signed into law," External link

pidp Wednesday, September 18, 2019 10:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution put forward by the Republicans, cuts East-West Center funding from the current $23 million to $10.7 million. But, Republican Congressman Royce, Canseco and McClintock proposed amendments which would eliminate all East-West Center funding," "While I agree that we need to cut the federal budget, I do not believe we should carelessly use a machete, a samurai sword or a sledgehammer to discard programs that are necessary to protecting U.S. interests in this region of the world. The East-West Center was established by Federal law of the U.S. Congress in 1960. President Eisenhower signed the Mutual Security Act of 1960 which authorized its creation only after the State Department conducted a study and reported back to Congress about the relevance of establishing the East-West Center" External link

pidp Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded ( about Bernadine Natalie Moni Elimbi ) : "More than 50,000 people from the Asia Pacific region have participated in EWC programs including many who currently hold positions of leadership including heads of government, cabinet members, university and NGO presidents, corporate and media leaders. The U.S. would do well to keep its seat at this table and for, this reason, I am hopeful my colleagues will oppose these amendments and instead support the base bill and the committee's mark concerning the East-West Center," External link

pidp Sunday, September 15, 2019 6:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This amount represents a very small portion of the federal assistance American Samoa will receive this fiscal year in the form of grants," External link

pidp Friday, August 23, 2019 9:30:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have been working with Mr. Hagemeyer for several years now in an effort to increase the presence of the weather service in American Samoa," External link

pidp Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about James Baker ) : "I want to thank NOAA Administrator Dr. D. James Baker, Mr. Hagemeyer, and others involved in preparing the NWS budget, but we must also recognize that this support would not have been there without the excellent work of HC Leilua Akapo Akapo, director of our local weather station, his deputy director HC Liufau Tanielu, and their staff members. Their work has resulted in many lives being saved. With our distance from major forecast centers, they often have to produce forecasts under very adverse circumstances, and we all owe them a debt of gratitude," External link

pidp Thursday, August 22, 2019 6:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) has invited our senior level officials in American Samoa to enroll in communications training courses that will contribute to American Samoa’s efforts to enjoy the most modern and comprehensive communications systems of the 21st century," External link

pidp Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega added ( about Solutions ) : "I have informed the Governor and members of the Fono of this tuition-free opportunity," "I have also provided them with necessary applications for participation. Courses range from Wireless Communications Solutions to Satellite Communications Technology to Hands-On Fiber Optic Intensive Training" External link

pidp Wednesday, August 7, 2019 9:53:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This will be of tremendous assistance to all our veterans, particularly our vets with service-related disabilities," External link

pidp Tuesday, July 30, 2019 7:40:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In another first for Samoan females, it is a real honor to bring to the attention of my fellow Samoans yet another success story. Ms. Figiel’s book was a best seller in New Zealand and is the winner of the prestigious Commonwealth Prize," External link

pidp Saturday, July 20, 2019 12:23:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Although the WSJ is a conservative newspaper, on-line it bills itself as a neutral site for professors, teachers and educators. But when reporting about American Samoa, the WSJ failed to follow the basic canons of journalism 101 which require truthfulness, accuracy, objectivity, impartiality, fairness and public accountability," "While it is disappointing that the WSJ would make up a story to suit its purposes and suppress information that does not, read on for the truth about American Samoa’s tuna cannery workers and minimum wage rates in the U.S. territory" External link

pidp Friday, June 28, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "As fellow Americans who proudly serve our country with distinction and honor, the color of our skin may be dark but our blood still runs red, white and blue. Remember this the next time some journalist at the WSJ suggests otherwise," External link

pidp Friday, June 28, 2019 10:35:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "So the hearing is still set for July 17," External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The Fono has the right to make a resolution... and I respect the Fono's opinion. However, I have a responsibility to our people," "In other words the Fono has the right to express their opinion" External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I question some of the substance of the letter to Chairman Hansen, such as the unanimous agreement by the Fono to delay the hearing," External link

pidp Friday, June 21, 2019 4:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about President Clinton ) : "I am pleased with the President's proposal for American Samoa," "This is our second year with construction (Capital Improvement Project) funding at the $10.1 million level, which is a tremendous opportunity to continue the development of our infrastructure. While other areas are being cut or are having matching requirements imposed on them for federal funding, we received an increase two years ago and retained it this year" External link

pidp Monday, June 10, 2019 12:27:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Ambassador Le Van Bang contacted my office shortly after directing his assistant, the Charge D’Affairs, to respond to the Governor’s (Tauese Sunia) recent correspondence to the Embassy," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am pleased that the Ambassador is taking preliminary steps to resolve this crisis. I am also pleased that he directed his assistant, the Honorable Pham Van Que, to inform the Governor’s office of Vietnam’s attempt to bring resolution to this matter," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "At this time, I have informed the Ambassador that our local leaders must have a voice in determining what course of action should be taken. I will be discussing the matter in further detail with the Governor and Fono leaders this week. In the interim, members of my D.C. staff will be meeting with Vietnamese Embassy officials as early as Tuesday, February 20th," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Although the Ambassador and his Charge D’Affairs have acknowledged the Government of Vietnam’s intent to help its workers return home, it is still unclear as to whether or not Vietnam is committed to assisting financially. It is my intent to meet with the Ambassador upon my return to Washington to clarify and solidify the Government of Vietnam’s participation in bringing this matter to a fair and expeditious resolution," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Association ) : "It is my understanding that the Governor will be in Washington for the National Governors’ Association conference during the time of my scheduled meeting with the Ambassador. I have invited the Governor to meet with us during this time. If his schedule permits, this will be an opportune time for us to work together to resolve this crisis for the good of our Territory and the Government of Vietnam," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In preparation for our discussion, I have made plain to the Ambassador that we will need to resolve three primary issues now facing our Territory and the Government of Vietnam. One, we must address the issue of back wages owed to more than 250 Vietnamese workers. Two, we must come to terms on transportation costs associated with the workers returning to Vietnam. Three, we must address the concerns of those voicing objections to returning to their homeland," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Ultimately, I believe we are faced with this crisis because Company 12, under the auspices of the Government of Vietnam, failed to establish a firm understanding with Daewoosa about which party would assume responsibility for the workers’ wages, food, lodging, and airfare to and from Vietnam. Because no clear contractual agreement was made between the two parties, the Government of Vietnam is now caught in a dispute that is well on its way to becoming an international incident," External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have expressed my concern to the Ambassador that the people of American Samoa are also suffering as a result of Company 12 and Daewoosa’s failure to implement good-faith business practices from the onset. The New York Times, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Morning News have released reports suggesting that Samoans lack compassion for the plight of the Vietnamese people," "Yet the truth is many in our Territory have embraced the people of Vietnam, provided them with food and lodging, and tended to their medical needs" External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It is most unfortunate that the situation at Daewoosa has escalated to the point of crisis," "But I am hopeful that after consultations with our local government leaders and Vietnamese officials we can resolve this serious matter once and for all" External link

pidp Friday, June 7, 2019 7:51:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In response to the provisions included in P.L. 110-28 requiring the DOL to undertake a study to determine the impact of minimum wage increases, I am pleased that the report concludes that neither Chicken of the Sea nor StarKist has reduced output or working hours in immediate response to the first fifty-cent increase in the minimum wage. Although both companies have stated they may do so in the future, I believe we can agree that our tuna cannery and lowest paid government workers deserved an immediate increase of fifty cents per hour after not getting an increase of any worth for the past ten years," "Regarding automatic increases, or escalator clauses, every year thereafter, the report also supports what I have said from the outset. Our economy cannot afford automatic increases in minimum wage. Automatic increases could lead to the closing of both canneries. Given that our economy has not been diversified, we cannot afford for our canneries to pack up and leave. This is why the Governor, my office, and the Fono have worked together to provide our canneries with the local and federal incentives they need to stay in American Samoa" External link

pidp Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I also thank Governor Togiola and his staff for providing the DOL with much needed information. By way of our mutual cooperation and based on the findings of the DOL study, I am confident that the Governor, Fono, and I will send a unified message to Congress requesting enactment of legislation which will put an end to automatic increases in minimum wage and which will empower the DOL, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the American Samoa Government, to conduct economic assessments every two years to determine when and if our economy can absorb future increases," External link

pidp Thursday, June 6, 2019 5:37:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "Are we so desperate that we need foreigner workers? Is this a short term or long term need?" External link

pidp Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "Another issue at hand, does Daewoosa have the capability to return these people back to their homeland, similar to BCTC?" External link

pidp Sunday, May 19, 2019 10:56:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I want to thank Chairman Tom Lantos and Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen for their support of this bill, and also the Members of the Committee who voted unanimously to move this bill forward. The bill will now be considered on the House Floor in the near future, and I am hopeful that the Senate will also take up the bill so we can get this legislation signed into law. Although we still have a ways to go before these measures can become law, I am pleased by today’s outcome and I, again, thank my colleagues for their support," External link

pidp Monday, May 6, 2019 11:14:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am very pleased that General Shinseki made a special mention and recognition of Mr. Nicholas Punimata during his remarks as the first ever Warrant Officer in the Army to receive the General MacArthur award," External link

pidp Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Needless to say, Mr. Punimata has set new standards and milestones for many soldiers in the military, especially those of Samoan ethnicity, to follow. He truly is among the ‘best of the best’ in the Army," External link

pidp Wednesday, May 1, 2019 6:26:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "During my meeting with Mr. Fraser, I emphasized the importance of resolving the Daewoosa problems as promptly as possible. I also stressed the importance I place on having employers in American Samoa comply with federal labor laws, and I shared my belief that companies who are unwilling to do this should not be allowed to conduct business in our territory," External link

pidp Tuesday, April 23, 2019 2:44:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am very concerned about this issue at hand," External link

pidp Monday, April 22, 2019 9:51:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "If passed in its current form, tariffs on tuna imports from Andean countries would decline to zero in 2008," "In other words, by 2008, tuna processed in Ecuador would be given the same duty-free access to U.S. markets as tuna processed in American Samoa" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Both Chicken of the Sea and Bumble Bee oppose this legislation. StarKist supports the measure. I am deeply troubled that StarKist is the only U.S. processor of tuna that supports preferential treatment for Ecuador," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This legislation holds serious implications for American Samoa and the tuna industry at large. Ecuador has a wage rate of $.69 per hour. Ecuador also has the capacity to produce enough canned tuna to flood the American market. If passed, this legislation would have a devastating effect on our local economy and would threaten the very existence of the U.S. tuna industry," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The CEO of Chicken of the Sea has already noted that if this legislation passes, its operations in American Samoa would be forced to downsize by 50%. Chicken of the Sea wants to maintain its operations in American Samoa," "This is why Chicken of the Sea has requested my support in opposing this legislation" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Mr Rogers ) : "I am disappointed in Mr. Rogers’ assessment of American Samoa," "American Samoa, after all, has had more than a forty year relationship with StarKist. StarKist knows that expansion is absolutely possible in American Samoa. It has been so for more than forty years. It continues to be possible today" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As I stated earlier, I am disappointed that StarKist is the only U.S. processor of tuna that supports preferential treatment for Ecuador. The fact of the matter is Bumble Bee has close to $25 million invested in Ecuador and does not support the inclusion of tuna in the Andean Trade Act," External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am continuing my work with other senior members of the House and Senate, both Republican and Democrat, to see that the interests of American Samoa are protected," "However, I think it is important to note that if we are successful in exempting tuna from the Andean Trade Act at this time, it will only be a matter of years before similar legislation is introduced again" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is why I believe it is in our best interest to prepare for the future," "At the same time, we must consider new ways of making our existing partnerships more meaningful and equitable for as long as the tuna industry chooses to do business in American Samoa" External link

pidp Sunday, April 21, 2019 1:59:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "A total of 8,042 surveys were distributed to the public," "One thousand nine hundred and thirty two (1,932) surveys were completed and returned. Two hundred and seventeen (217) surveys were completed by the general public. One thousand two hundred and forty-nine (1,249) surveys were completed by high school students. Four hundred and sixty six (466) surveys were completed by American Samoa Community College (ASCC) students and faculty members" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "Although results have been compiled for some time, I felt it was only appropriate for us to reflect on last year’s events and pay our respects to the sons and daughters of American Samoa who are serving in the U.S. military at a time when the U.S. faces new threats in the war against terrorism," "Like the rest of the nation, I also believe it is time for us to consider critical issues now facing our Territory" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "For the first time in the history of American Samoa, a Congressional survey was distributed for purposes of giving the public greater input in the affairs of our government. Survey results shows that the people of American Samoa have very strong feelings about important issues such as economic development, citizenship, immigration, federal court jurisdiction, and the voting rights of our men and women serving in the U.S. military," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I believe these results suggest that our people want their children to have the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship. But I also believe there is a real sense of concern among our people that we must protect our borders in order to protect the Samoan way," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Samoa Community College ) : "When U.S. tuna boats pull into our docks, the captain and crews consistently purchase fuel and supplies from our local shops. In this sense, the U.S. tuna boat owners are reinvesting in American Samoa," "Whether or not the same is happening when foreign vessels pull into our ports is a matter that must be considered and reviewed" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Of those surveyed, 85% also agree that our men and women serving in the U.S. military should be allowed to register as absentee voters, according to Federal law," "Federal law is very clear on this matter. Every man and woman serving in the U.S. military is entitled to vote by absentee ballot. But, time and time again, our military men and women have been denied the right to vote because the local election office insists they must register to vote in person" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Of those surveyed, 56% also agree that it is unfair to hold run-off elections two weeks after a general election because once again this does not allow enough time for our men and women serving in the military to vote by absentee ballot," "Clearly, these issues must be addressed and, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the time to address these matters is now" External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "In the coming months, I also look forward to discussing the fact that 85% of those surveyed agree that tourism should be promoted as a local industry. Many of you also suggested that aquaculture should be promoted and I am pleased to announce that we can look forward to some new developments in these areas," External link

pidp Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:18:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) was established in 1966 to improve marine resource conservation and management," "The program is patterned after the Land Grant College Program and currently there are 30 Sea Grant College programs that represent more than 300 academic institutions" External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Pacific Islanders ) : "I am particularly pleased that this amendment offered in the nature of a substitute includes a provision for the U.S. Territories. This provision directs the Secretary of the Commerce to report the administrative, technical and financial assistance provided by the Secretary to the Territories. The provision also directs the Secretary to report the additional actions and activities necessary for those entities to meet the qualifications for Sea Grant designation," "Congressman Underwood and I have worked for some time to bring attention to the unique and singular needs of the U.S. Territories. For most Pacific Islanders, the ocean is our farm and we are in dire need of administrative, technical and financial assistance to develop Sea Grant affiliations within the region" External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Pacific Islanders ) : "I would also like to note that the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program has been instrumental in assisting Pacific Island communities in developing Sea Grant extension activities and I would like to personally thank Dr. Gordon Grau, Director of the Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program, for his commitment to our remote communities," External link

pidp Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:42:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "For the past seven months, I have been working with the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service to address the immediate public safety needs of our Territory," External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I’ve been told that it would cost approximately $200,000 to purchase this truck new," "I’ve also been assured that this fire truck is perfect for the Territory. In fact, Dennis Orbus and Rusty Witwer of the Fire and Aviation Management Division of the U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Southwest Region checked out several vehicles over the course of the past seven months before informing me of this one" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As I have noted before, the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service includes California, Hawai‘i, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, the CNMI, Guam, and the Republic of the Marshall Islands," "Many of these areas are also in need of fire equipment and vehicles. We are fortunate that we have been able to obtain three fire trucks in the past several months that have less than 30,000 miles per vehicle. If we were to fix a dollar amount to the new purchase price of these vehicles, we could easily say that the Territory has received more than $400,000 worth of fire trucks and equipment as a result of this emergency funding initiative" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It is my understanding that our local fire department used its most recent U.S. Forest Service disbursement to purchase the refurbished fire truck now housed at the Fagatogo fire station. Now that the Fagatogo station is equipped, I am hopeful that the 750 gallon truck I am sending to the Territory, with no cost to ASG, will be placed at the station in Tafuna," "I am also hopeful that the two model 41s I recently secured can now be placed in the outlying villages to ensure the safety of those who live in our more rural areas" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank the Pacific Southwest Region and the Department of the Interior for their assistance in this public safety effort. I also want to thank our Commissioner of Public Safety, High Chief Tuiteleapaga Ioane Fue. Despite ASG’s financial difficulties, I firmly believe that the people of this Territory deserve an immediate infrastructure of safety," "I am hopeful that the three trucks we have been able to secure with no cost to the Territory will provide a base of security and safety for our people. If other federal assistance is needed, I am always available and committed to assisting ASG in its efforts to address the local needs of this Territory" External link

pidp Saturday, March 16, 2019 8:55:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have also brought the matter to the attention of U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and Florida Governor Jeb Bush," "Several of my colleagues, both Democrat and Republican, are also lending their support to this effort and I would like to thank Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek (D-FL) and Congressmen Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Cliff Stearns (R-FL), Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Gene Taylor (D-MS), Zach Wamp (R-TN), and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) for signing on to my letter requesting a full and immediate investigation into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Mrs. Sharlene ‘Sally’ Jones" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Sally Jones ) : "Sharlene ‘Sally’ Jones, a relative of District Governor Galea’i Moaliitele, and her husband and 15 year old daughter, were preparing to move to American Samoa. In fact, they were in the process of closing their business and were scheduled to leave for American Samoa on June 28, 2002 but Sally was shot to death on the morning of May 22, 2002 while working at her jewelry store," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega asked : "To date, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department and Zephyrhills Police Department have failed to make any contact with Sally’s family including her parents who believe they have information that is important to this case. What really happened on the morning of Sally’s death and why remains to be answered. Did race play a role in the Deputy’s decision to shoot the victim? Is there a connection between the Railroad Retirement Board’s investigation and Sally’s death? Why did Sally fear for her life?" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 26, 2019 4:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to especially thank Mr. Dave Burney, CEO and President of the South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC), Mr. Lee Hung-wen, Vice Chairman of the FCF Fishery, and Mr. Hsieh Ta-wen, Director General of the Taiwan Fishery Administration for inviting me to participate in the launching ceremony of the newest purse seine vessel, the ‘Sea Fox’," "More importantly, I was pleased to discuss American Samoa’s needs and to support SPTC’s efforts to build the US tuna fishing fleet" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Taiwan has probably the best tuna boat building capabilities in the world and SPTC is working closing with Taiwan to rebuild the US tuna fishing fleet. The US tuna fishing fleet started off with about 35 vessels from San Diego, which fished out of American Samoa. The fleet has dwindled down to 14 vessels and this raises serious questions about where our canneries are going to get their fish. If there is no fish, there are no canneries," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is why we need boats and this is why I am pleased to be working closely with SPTC, Taiwan’s Ministry of Fisheries, and FCF. Right now, as a result of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, the US is allowed up to 40 vessels to fish in Pacific waters. We are hopeful that in the next year or two, we will be able to add an additional 10 vessels to our current fleet of 14," "Increasing our fleet will also provide job opportunities to American Samoans who may be interested in becoming captains to man these multimillion dollar fishing vessels. This is a golden opportunity for students who may seek careers in this field and who may be interested in applying for possible enrollment as a candidate for the US Merchant Marine Academy" External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "It is my intent to continue discussions with our other regional partners including our South Pacific neighbors. During my meeting with the Pacific Island Conference of Leaders, I encouraged our Pacific Island leaders to also develop their fishing fleets and send their fish to American Samoa’s canneries. I am sure that in due time we can work out an agreement that is beneficial to us all and I am pleased with the progress we have made thus far," External link

pidp Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:09:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "American Samoa has been very fortunate to receive these federal programs to deal with the issues of delinquency and violence in our community," External link

pidp Friday, January 18, 2019 3:49:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Command Sergeant Major Iuni Savusa is most deserving of this promotion," "It is my understanding that Iuni Savusa is the first Samoan enlisted in the U.S. Army to ever achieve the position of Command Sergeant Major in a military installation or post and I am proud of him for it" External link

pidp Thursday, December 27, 2018 2:31:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Guam is now at a very, very critical point," External link

pidp Tuesday, December 25, 2018 7:45:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Congressman Christopher Smith, Chairman, and Congressman Lane Evans, Ranking Member, signed on to a letter I am sending to the U.S. Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs requesting an expedited review of our forthcoming application to construct and staff a veterans’ clinic in the Territory," "This is an important development because it reaches across party lines and sends a clear message that there is bi-partisan support for this effort" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As a senior Democrat in Congress, I’ve had the opportunity to work with Congressman Smith and Congressman Evans for some time now. Although many people are under the assumption that Congress is all about political parties, the fact of the matter is Congress is about relationships established over long periods of time," "I’ve worked with Chris Smith for a number of years now on the House Committee on International Relations. We also work together on the East Asia and the Pacific Subcommittee where I serve as Ranking Member" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Lane Evans ) : "Lane Evans and I worked together in authorizing legislation for the VA home loan program in American Samoa," "I am thankful that as a result of our continued association both members are fully committed to supporting this initiative to address the needs of our local veterans" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As we have noted in our joint letter to Secretary Principi, we believe that veterans living in American Samoa should be offered the same services and benefits offered to those residing in other parts of the United States. The establishment of a VA clinic in American Samoa must be a critical and urgent priority of the Veterans’ Administration," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am hopeful that as a result of our joint commitment we will be able to move this process forward and expedite the review of our application. My office continues to remain in constant communication with Dave Burge, Regional Director of the Veterans’ Administration in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Mr. Burge has assured me that he will be submitting an application in support of our request by the end of June," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I have already contacted the national Veterans’ administration to make them aware of the forthcoming application. As part of my continued commitment to the people of this Territory, I will continue to do all I can to ensure that our application is treated fairly and equitably in the process. I will also continue to work with my friends in Congress to see that the needs of our Territory are met," External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "The federal government continues to provide for nearly 75 percent of our needs and I am appreciative of the Veterans’ Administration’s willingness to provide additional dollars for the health and well-being of our veterans. I am also appreciative of our local Senate’s continued commitment and support of this initiative," "I am hopeful that as a result of our joint efforts we will be able to make a difference for veterans living in American Samoa" External link

pidp Friday, December 14, 2018 10:35:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am extremely pleased that the Appropriations committees in Congress approved these much needed funds so our airports can be upgraded to meet FAA standards," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "This is welcome news for our territory especially in terms of our overall long-term economic development," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "By extending the runway at our main airport on Tutuila, we would meet the design standards that are required in order for large aircraft to land without any weight restrictions. And extending the runway at the Fitiuta airport will provide additional safety for night-time flight operations as well as for emergency medical flights," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "Just a couple of weeks ago, our territory also received $2.2 million in Federal entitlement funds for construction of new Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting buildings in Tafuna and Fitiuta airports as well as for purchase of an Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle for the Fitiuta Airport," "Needless to say, I am very pleased the Federal assistance for our airports will greatly improve the safety of our traveling public and the way of life for our general population" External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "Once again, I congratulate Director Abe Malae and his staff at the Department of Port Administration for submitting the successful proposals and for the tremendous job they continue to do in improving our airports," External link

pidp Sunday, December 9, 2018 1:05:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to thank Danny Aranza and his staff at the Office of Insular Affairs for making the necessary arrangements to ensure ASG receives its operations funding on time. Because the Department of the Interior will only be funded for six days of the new fiscal year, OIA had to make a special request to forward to ASG a full month's operations' funding," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 9:43:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services," "American Samoa’s Department of Education will receive the funds and will be responsible for the management and distribution of the funds" External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "These funds are discretionary, meaning that at the discretion of Congress, the Federal government provides regions with allotted sums of money to address local needs. In the case of the Head Start program," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides the region with operational funds and, in turn, the region provides American Samoa with basic and expansion funds to operate the Head Start program in American Samoa. In other words," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "As long as Congress continues to support the Head Start program, American Samoa will continue to receive base funds plus additional dollars for quality improvement and cost of living adjustments," "This is why you can be assured that the Head Start program has my full support. I am firmly committed to continuing my service to the people of American Samoa to see that the needs of our Territory are met and addressed" External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I want to commend the work of our local leaders and all those serving in the Head Start program. I thank you for your continued commitment to our children," External link

pidp Friday, December 1, 2017 1:38:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "Not long ago, Governor Sunia asked me for assistance in either repealing the applicability of federal child tax credit laws to American Samoa, or in enacting a new law which would authorize the Federal government to pay the entire child tax credit obligation to all eligible taxpayers in the territory," External link

pidp Monday, November 27, 2017 3:53:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega declared ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "After a careful review of current Federal and American Samoa tax law and how these laws have been implemented, I have determined that ASG can repeal the portion of the child tax credit laws that obligate it to pay a portion of the credits, and leave in place the portion of the laws that the Federal government has agreed to pay," External link

pidp Monday, November 27, 2017 3:53:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about House ) : "The House and Senate responded positively to my requests to improve our tobacco provision," External link

pidp Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "I am expecting a Presidential veto of this bill," External link

pidp Sunday, November 26, 2017 1:52:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : "It was a pleasant surprise and I was glad that Conan stopped by to visit with me," "I am very proud of Conan's progress at West Point and I look forward to when he graduates in about a year" External link

pidp Tuesday, November 7, 2017 10:28:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "I am very happy to receive this important post that will be beneficial for American Samoa and our cousins in the region. " External link

pidp Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:32:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega replied : "For the record, yes, I am definitely planning to run again this November for Congress," External link

pidp Monday, August 14, 2017 11:02:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated : "Here's a Samoan young lady, a product of our local education system, excelling in one of the most demanding jobs in the world. It is a remarkable example to all of our young people and truly a proud moment for Samoa that Laura has gone so far in her career," External link

pidp Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:13:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega concluded : "I am extremely proud of Laura. Not only is she the first Samoan female pilot hired by a major U.S. carrier --- she is also only the fourth woman ever hired as a pilot by Delta Airlines," External link

pidp Thursday, December 22, 2016 9:13:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega explained : "American Samoa’s commitment to the United States has been strong throughout the century. For decades American Samoa served as a Naval coaling station for U.S. ships in the Pacific, including during World War II. American Samoa was the staging point for 30,000 U.S. Marines involved in the Pacific theater," External link

pidp Tuesday, December 13, 2016 12:28:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega stated ( about Olivier Bohuon ) : "I recommend that American Samoa plan to hold a competition to select a design for the coin," External link

pidp Monday, September 19, 2016 6:29:00 PM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : “Our grandmothers are waiting to hear your apology echo in the very chamber where Resolution 121 was passed,” External link

joongangdaily Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:04:00 AM EAT

Eni Faleomavaega said : “the survivors who remain deserve justice and closure in their final days,” External link

kbs-en Wednesday, March 11, 2015 3:57:00 AM EAT



Key Titles and Phrases Count Lang Last Seen
congressman79.55%EN12/01/201701/12/2017
chairman of the subcommittee2.27%EN10/31/201731/10/2017
member9.09%EN12/11/201311/12/2013
delegado2.27%ES10/01/200901/10/2009
delegado2.27%PT10/01/200901/10/2009
président2.27%FR09/11/200811/09/2008
chairman2.27%EN09/28/200728/09/2007
Names Lang Count
Eni FaleomavaegaEN61.18%
Eni FaleomavaegaFR11.76%
Eni FaleomavaegaEU11.76%
Eni FaleomavaegaDE11.76%
Eni FaleomavegaEN3.53%
Эни ФалеомаваегаRU0.00%


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