CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE June 23, 2000


Congressman Eni Faleomavaega is pleased to announce that as of today the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Evergreen International Airlines reached an agreement for the delivery of mail to American Samoa.

According to the USPS, Evergreen Airlines will be making weekly deliveries to American Samoa.

The first delivery will occur on June 29, 2000.

Also, the USPS made special arrangements with Hawaiian Air to carry approximately 9,000 pounds of mail on last night's flight. Hawaiian Air also agreed to take one load of mail on tonight's flight and another on Monday, June 26.

Faleomavaega said, "This is the best news of the day for the businesses and people of American Samoa. It appears that we will finally get this messy situation resolved."

In trying to solve the mail delivery problem for American Samoa, Congressman Faleomavaega sent a very strong letter to Postmaster General William J. Henderson calling for a quick solution. In addition, he sent letters and placed calls to a number of other offices, including the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government, seeking their assistance. Faleomavaega also contacted the Department of Defense (DOD).

"I want to acknowledge and thank Chairman Jim Kolbe of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government for his prompt response to my request for assistance. I am sure that Chairman Kolbe's strong letter to the Postmaster General made a lot of difference," Faleomavaega said. "I thank the Postmaster General for his assistance and I also thank the Department of Defense for its understanding of the situation. If it becomes necessary, the DOD is willing to assist and is standing ready to carry some of the mail during its regular flights to American Samoa."

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