American Samoa receives $479 million from American Rescue Plan

Pago-Pago (Talanei) -- American Samoa is receiving over $479 million in federal funds resulting from this year’s legislation known as the American Rescue Plan. A press release from Congresswoman Uifaatali Amata says the U.S. Treasury announced this week that the funds from the American Rescue Plan’s Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds would be received in a single payment, making up for lost revenue during the pandemic.

Other relief funds for localities will also be announced later. Congress appropriated $4.5 billion to the territories, assigning half of that equally, and the rest divided by population. This decision protected the needs of the smaller territories while providing for all. Treasury also issued expanded guidance on how the money can be used to replace government revenue lost because of the pandemic.