|Congressman Faleomavaega announced today that he is
hopeful that the Senate and House Interior Appropriations Committee will
place language in this year’s appropriations bill to release the $2 million
withheld from ASG in FY99.
“Senator Inouye and I are working with other members of the House
and Senate for the release of the funds,” Congressman Faleomavaega said.
“As of today, both the Senate and House Interior Appropriations conferees
have agreed to work with us for the release of the funds. Language
is now being drafted to address the issue. Barring any unforeseen
complications with the tobacco loan agreement, we should be able to finalize
the process soon.”
“Earlier, I recommended reprogramming $1.1 million for the ASCC
library, but it is my understanding that the Governor would rather use
it to purchase another vessel for Manu’a,” Faleomavaega continued.
“Both are worthwhile projects, and I support whatever the Fono and Governor
“For now, I’m just pleased that Senator Inouye and I have put a
plan in place for the release of the $2 million,” Congressman Faleomavaega
said. “After all, the point here is that no matter how the money
is reprogrammed, the people of American Samoa will benefit.”