18 Jun 2010

US Senate voting on bill for cannery money

8:37 am on 18 June 2010

The US Senate is set to vote soon on a bill which includes a one time payment of 18 million US dollars for American Samoa.

The payment is in lieu of tax credits that the two local canneries used to receive.

Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin has urged that local leaders consider giving assistance to Star Kist Samoa if this appropriation is approved.

But Governor Togiola Tulafono has reservations, saying there are issues which still need to be clarified with the legislation.

He says he has not received any definitive answers as to what is happening with the ASPIRE bill, designed to preotect the canneries.

The governor stated that if ASPIRE is passed, he would be concerned with Congressman Faleomavaega's proposal to send all of the 18 million dollars, to one company, especially if StarKist is also going to reap the huge benefits under ASPIRE.