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  • Farewell to the Honorable Eni Faleomavaega

    by Representative Michael M. Honda

    Posted on 2014-12-11

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    HONDA of california in the house of representatives Thursday, December 11, 2014 Mr. HONDA. Mr. Speaker, I rise to say a fond farewell to our esteemed colleague, the Honorable Eni Faleomavaega.



    Since 1989, Eni has honorably represented the people of American Samoa in this chamber with a no-nonsense attitude and approach to legislating.

    He brought the issues that affect Asia and the Pacific regions here to Congress.

    He led the first delegation of Asian American members of Congress to Asia. There he saw firsthand the devastating impact that the Vietnam War's unexploded ordnances had on Southeast Asia, especially Laos where about 2.5 million tons of bombs were dropped between 1964 and 1973.

    As the Chair of the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, this experience led him to chair the first-ever hearing on UXOs.

    As a Vietnam veteran himself, Eni takes pride in being a strong voice for his fellow Samoans who serve in our military.

    This passion led his efforts to help establish the first VA clinic in Samoa.

    American Samoa, the Asian Pacific Region, Congress, and all of America have been well served by Congressman Eni Faleomavaega. Today, I say ``thank you'' for your work, and your friendship. We will miss you. Tofa soifua.

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