A congressional hearing will be held in American Samoa early next year to receive local testimonies on the federal minimum wage law that went into effect in July this year.

The U.S. House subcommittee on Insular Affairs, chair by Congresswoman Donna Christensen, D-U.S. Virgin Islands, has already held field hearings this year in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The new federal minimum wage law has been criticized by leaders of both American Samoa and CNMI, the U.S. Pacific Territories mandated by the law to get a 50 cent hike in July.

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