2 Oct 2013

Non-essential operations shut down in American Samoa

4:25 pm on 2 October 2013

Government employees in American Samoa whose salaries are funded with federal grants have been instructed to stay home from tomorrow in the wake of the federal government shutdown.

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered the shutdown of all non-essential operations of the government which are federally funded.

There are around 1,900 federally funded positions in the American Samoa government.

The shutdown will remain in effect until the impasse at the U.S. Congress is broken and the order lifted by the US president.

American Samoa's US Congressman Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin says it's hard to tell how long the deadlock might last.

"That seems to be the problem right now is that there doesn't seem to be any letting up of any real compromise or settlement between the Republican majority and the House."

Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin.

Some services have been exempted, which means the LBJ Hospital, the American Samoa Community College and Department of Education will stay open.