Global Seniors Caucus

  • The Seniors Caucus supports the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad, and urges us to vote in each election.

    The Seniors Caucus was formed in January 2022 by a group of DA Seniors led by Betsy Ettore, and is growing stronger each month.

    Our purpose is to form a community where we can inform our members, and help each other to better understand the issues and concerns affecting American Seniors living abroad, thereby building a forum for making our voices heard in Washington DC. Most importantly, we want to empower and encourage Senior Americans living abroad to exercise their voting rights.

    We advocate for laws, policies, and programs that improve the lives of Senior Americans, and educate all people on the experiences of Seniors.

    Our caucus is open to Democrats Abroad members of all ages.

    Our Mission

    • To support the goals and ideals of the Democratic Party and Democrats Abroad;
    • To maximize the participation of Senior Americans living abroad in US elections;
    • To advocate on issues of concern to Senior Americans, especially those living abroad;
    • To be a voice for U.S. citizens living abroad;
    • To support campaigns of Democratic candidates aligned with the interests of Seniors;
    • To work with other teams, task forces and Caucuses within DA to further our joint goals.



    DA Global Seniors Caucus Leadership:

    Betsy Ettorre
    | Global Seniors Caucus Chair; Member-at-Large - Finland Ex Comm; member of LGBTQ+ Caucus Steering Committee; Co-leader of ProDA Monthly Mondays for Our Progressive Minds; Member of Taxation Task Force and Medicare Portability Task Force
    Jim Dobson
    | Global Seniors Caucus Vice Chair
    marnie delaney
    | Chair - Global Disability Caucus, Leader - GWC Violence Against Women Action Team; Global Women's Caucus Steering Committee; Medicare Portability Task Force
    Eloise Floyd
    | Global Seniors Caucus Secretary
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    The Tax and Financial Issues of American Abroad

    A new report has been published by the Democrats Abroad Taxation Task Force (TTF) entitled "The Tax and Financial Issues of American Abroad -- Once Uncomfortable, Now Suffocating".

    A tax survey of Americans Abroad was opened for responses by the TTF in April 2022. The survey was designed to collect up-to-date information on how Americans living outside the U.S. experience U.S. taxation and financial access in their countries of residence. 

    The task force analyzed the responses and presented its findings in the full report which you can download on their website.

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    Bridging the Distance for Democracy

    In our November 18 "Bridging the Distance for Democracy - Working Collaboratively with Seniors Voices" we discussed how the GSC works closely with US Senior Councils, and how to broaden this collaboration with other State Committees and Senior Councils in the future.
    Speakers include Steve Regenstreif, Chair, DNC Seniors Council, Jon “Bowzer” Bauman, Vice Chair DNC Seniors Council and lead singer of Sha Na Na, and Laurie Plotnick, President, Democratic Party Senior Caucus and President of the Florida Democratic Seniors Organizing Council.
    A full list of speakers can be found at:
    In case you missed seeing it live, you can now watch it on the GSC Facebook page, or on YouTube.
    Presentation by GSC Steering Committee member Karen Lee "Issues Affecting Seniors Living Abroad". 
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    Upcoming Events

    Sunday, February 19, 2023 at 08:30 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 43 rsvps

    Medicare - What You Need to Know

    Medicare and Americans Abroad

    Join us on February 19th for a practical explanation of what Medicare is, how it is funded, to whom it is available and the nature of coverage it does or can include.  Find out what kind of decisions you will have to make – either now or in the future – and how these decisions and programs can significantly impact your future financial and insurance coverage situation.  These decisions are important for people with disabilities and seniors, but knowing what is coming is important for all Americans overseas – whether you plan to stay abroad or move back to the US.

    Our panelists are Democrats Abroad members and Americans living abroad who are working on legislation to better the opportunities of Americans abroad and who will share their knowledge, experience and plans for the future with you. Please note that this panel will give neither financial advice nor expert opinion on individual situations.  The webinar will be recorded, and all the documents presented in this webinar will be sent to anyone who RSVPS for the event.

    RSVP Below!

    Our Panelists:

    Heather Stone, Chair Medicare Medical Portability Task Force
    Philippe Blumenthal, CEO of the Government Savings Institute
    Toni Kamins, Medicare Medical Portability Task Force and Chair of GSC Medicare Part B Committee

    This event is co-hosted by DA's Global Seniors Caucus, Medical Portability Task Force, and Global Disability Caucus.

    Vancouver, CA 5:30 AM
    Washington DC 8:30 AM
    London, UK 1:30 PM
    Berlin, Germany 2:30 PM
    Tel Aviv, IL 3:30 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:30 PM
    Mumbai, IN 7:00 PM
    Beijing, CN 9:30 PM
    Tokyo, JP 10:30 PM

    Friday, February 24, 2023 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US & Canada) · 5 rsvps
    Zoom in Washington, DC

    Monthly Friday Casual Social

    Democrats Abroad Global Seniors and Disability Caucuses invite you to join us for our monthly Social -- a time for Seniors and members of the Disability Caucus to connect with one another and discuss topics of concern and information. We will reflect, discuss, plan, and strategize together from the comfort of our own homes and with no duties or assignments! This will be fun as we can discuss freely any topic we would like.


    Vancouver CA 6:00 AM
    Washington DC 9:00 AM
    London UK 2:00 PM
    Berlin DE 3:00 PM
    Nairobi KE 4:00 PM
    Beijing CN 9:00 PM
    Tokyo JP 10:00 PM