The Americans Abroad Caucus is a group of legislators in the House of Representatives who, by joining, show they understand and care about their overseas constituents. They value the contribution to their district of these internationally-based citizens and understand the importance of overseas markets.
Launched in February 2007, the Americans Abroad Caucus grew from its early membership of six to over twenty in the last Congress. Members include Republicans and Democrats from such powerful committees as Financial Services, the Joint Economic Committee, Oversight and Government Reform, Rules, Appropriations, and House Administration that oversees the federal election process, and important members of the House leadership. They represent states as “small” as Maryland and as “large” as Texas and even a territory, the Northern Mariana Islands.
Caucus Chair Congresswoman Maloney is a long-standing champion of overseas voters and has worked hard in the past to ease restrictions on absentee voting for the military and for overseas citizens. She and her colleague Mike Honda (D-CA) introduced legislation which makes practical amendments to UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act). This legislation eliminated certain barriers to voting from overseas and enfranchised young people who did not yet meet state residency requirements.
Most recently, she sponsored legislation, the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act of 2017 H.R. 2710, to create a bipartisan federal commission to examine how US laws and policies effect overseas Americans.
AARO salutes these Members of Congress and will continue to work with them to bring the concerns of America’s global population to the attention of the US Congress.
AARO supports all their initiatives to improve the lives of Americans abroad, particularly in the areas of citizenship, voting and equitable taxation.
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