Democrats Abroad is pleased to have spoken as experts at the first ever Congressional American Abroad Caucus Roundtable Discussion on May 23. Over 30 House Members and Congressional staff were in attendance.
The meeting was focused on discussing American abroad tax and financial access issues. Members present at the discussion include Americans Abroad Caucus Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair Dina Titus (NV-8), and Congressman Don Beyer (VA-8), who co-lead legislation to better serve Americans living abroad alongside of Caucus Co-Chair María Elvira Salazar (FL-27).
The meeting was closed to the public to ensure that Congressional leaders could speak openly about how best to resolve the tax and financial access problems and issues that Americans abroad.
Actions coming out of the meeting included:
- An emphasis on getting more co-signers on the 3 American Abroad Caucus bills which are:
- H.R.5799 - Overseas Americans Financial Access Act; Led by Rep. Maloney, Rep. Titus, Rep. Beyer, and Rep. Salazar
- H.R.5800 - Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act of 2021; Led by Rep. Maloney, Rep. Titus, Rep. Beyer, and Rep. Salazar
- H.R.6057 - Tax Simplification for Americans Abroad Act; Led by Rep. Beyer, Rep. Maloney, Rep. Titus, and Rep. Salazar
- These issues are bipartisan and impact every Congressional district in the nation. In order to generate wider support, more Republicans are encouraged to join the Congressional American Abroad Caucus.
- Democrats Abroad has invited Members in attendance to meet during the week of June 6th while DA leaders will be in Washington DC to carry on the conversation.
The meeting was a great success in that the Congressional American Abroad Caucus had never hosted a Roundtable Discussion, and it is the Taxation Task Force's hope that there will be more Congressional Roundtable discussions in the American Abroad Caucus in the future to provide a useful and productive forum for Congressional leaders to voice their concerns and generate productive actions to improve the lives for Americans abroad.