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Americans Abroad Caucus

Background:

The Americans Abroad Caucus, a bi-partisan, bi-cameral caucus designed to represent the interests of Americans living overseas, was launched by Representatives Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Joe Wilson (R-SC).

The creation of the caucus has been a high priority of AARO in its work on Capitol Hill, particularly during Overseas Americans Week. It is a major step forward on the long road towards effective representation of overseas Americans.

As Representatives Maloney and Wilson, chair and co-chair of the caucus, wrote to their colleagues on Capitol Hill, overseas Americans are “unofficial ambassadors” of the United States, playing an important role in “strengthening the U.S. economy, creating jobs in the United States, and extending American influence around the globe.”

How does it work?

The Americans Abroad Caucus consists of members of Congress who have expressed an interest in our issues and want to be informed of our positions. They will not necessarily vote in our favor under all circumstances, but at the least, they want to hear us out, which is significant progress.

AARO will continue to develop our research, expertise and position papers on the issues that affect overseas Americans. We will continue to contact a wide range of members of Congress in our annual trip to Washington, and inform members of the caucus of our positions throughout the year.

AARO asks its members not to direct caucus-related or issue-related requests or inquiries directly to the members of the caucus, but rather to bring issues to our attention. By bringing together your input and using it to guide our work, we will keep the members of the caucus, as well as our other friends in Washington informed of our positions and will strive to use the caucus mechanism to further the interests of the overseas American community as a whole.

Where things stand today:

Thus far, only members of the House have agreed to join the caucus, but members of the Senate have long expressed interest, so we hope that Senators will shortly begin joining (see “Where we are going – how can I help?” below for information on helping us make this happen).

Americans Abroad Caucus membership list:

Where we are going in the future – how can I help?

Representatives Maloney and Wilson have invited their colleagues to join the Americans Abroad Caucus to discuss all of the issues of concern to overseas Americans.

AARO strongly encourages all overseas Americans to write to their respective Representatives and Senators to urge them to join the Americans Abroad Caucus!

To write, start by going to www.congress.org and entering your US zip code in the box entitled "Write your officials" on the left-hand side of the page. When you click on each of your Senators and your Representative, you will have the option of either using the mailing address that is displayed to send a letter by mail or composing an email message through the site. For either option, please see the link to our model letter on the right-hand side of this page for suggested wording, which you can adapt and modify to fit your own style, add some background about yourself, etc.

For questions, comments or further assistance, do not hesitate to contact AARO board member Andy Coyne.

This site:

AARO encourages its members (as well as other members of the overseas American community, interested parties on Capitol Hill, journalists, etc.) to refer back to this space, which will be regularly updated to keep track of news, activities, position papers and other matters involving the Americans Abroad Caucus.


 

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