18 Jun 2004

American Samoa receives 33 million US dollars in federal funding

3:43 pm on 18 June 2004

The U.S. House of Representatives has today agreed to give American Samoa more than 33 million US dollars in federal funding.

The Territory's Congressman, Faleomavaega Eni, says 23 million will go toward territorial government operations and over 10 million is earmarked for capital improvement projects.

He says American Samoa continues to be the only state or territory to receive funds from the federal government to pay for the operation of local government.

A provision of the appropriation calls for the Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs to consult with delegates and governors of the U.S. territories before going ahead with plans to grant capital improvement project money based on good standing of fiscal reforms.

But, Faleomavaega says American Samoa is under no court orders and has complied with a separate memorandum of understanding with Interior to implement fiscal reform plans.

He says American Samoa's fiscal reform plans have been submitted by Governor, Togiola Tulafono, and accepted by the Interior Department.