The job of a Congressman is to make sure his State or Territory receives its fair share of federal dollars. It is the job of the local government to manage those dollars. In 2003, I released a detailed chart showing the amount of federal dollars that come into American Samoa. This chart is also posted on my website and you can view it at the Federal Funds to ASG link.
As can be seen, from 1995-2001, American Samoa received over $1 billion dollars from the U.S. government and over $770 million went directly to ASG for education, health care, transportation, etc. On a per capita basis, American Samoa receives more federal funding than almost any other State or Territory. In the last two years, federal funding for our health care system has also increased by 50% and, when it comes to education, American Samoa gets more federal dollars per student than any other State or Territroy.
As your Congressman, I am committed to making sure American Samoa continues to get its fair share of federal dollars. I am also hopeful that with the findings of the new GAO study that our local government will be able to put measures in place to manage our federal dollars in a way that will benefit our people now and for generations to come.