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Western Pacific territories will have a voice in President-elect Donald Trump’s transition.

Vice President-elect Mike Pence met after the election with Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen—the only Republican delegate to Congress. It was there, that Radewagen’s expertise on island issues and possible role as an adviser to the transition team became clear. Reports of that role began surfacing last week, but it wasn’t until the middle of the weekend, here, that Radewagen issued a statement. Radewagen says she and the Vice President-elect discussed an advisory role, and she later spoke with the transition committee’s vice-chair, Tennessee Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn. American Samoa’s freshman Congresswoman made clear at the Pence meeting, that President-elect Trump needs to rescind some of President Obama’s executive orders, including creation of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument… audio, read the rest here 13:22

American Samoa push to remove marine reserves

aumua-amata-radewagenAmerican Samoa’s US Congresswoman, Aumua Amata Radewagen, is pushing for the incoming US Government to overturn President Obama’s decision to create marine monuments in the Pacific. The Remote Islands Monuments comprise the largest marine protected area in the world and encompass commercial fishing areas that American Samoa’s fishing industry regard as vital for its survival. Auma met with Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Thursday. She said she made clear the need for President-elect Donald Trump to rescind President Obama’s executive orders creating and expanding the marine reserves. “So these repeals will be a huge win for us in American Samoa and our fishing community. And I know that the Governor and I are united to reverse these misguided designations.” Link 11:31

H.R. 4576, “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act” Passes Committee Unanimously

The House Natural Resources Committee has approved by voice vote, Congresswoman Aumua Amata Radewagen’s “Ensuring Access to Pacific Fisheries Act,” giving American Samoa a greater say in fishery management in the Western and Central Pacific. Radewagen says her bill, cosponsored with Insular subcommittee chair Don Young of Alaska, will do exactly what its title says. Radewagen’s bill, that had bipartisan committee support, would enable the US to take part in high seas fishery decisions made outside preexisting management agreements, such as the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The bill’s third title ensures access to traditional fishing grounds, but makes other changes, as well… Audio, Read the rest here Aumua’s Fishing Bill Passes Committee Unanimously Click here  18:12