Introduction of Commission on Americans Living Abroad Actby Representative Carolyn B. Maloney
Posted on 2013-02-08
of new york
in the house of representatives
Friday, February 8, 2013
Mrs. CAROLYN B. MALONEY of New York. Mr. Speaker, our 4-6 million
constituents scattered across the world promote our culture and
strengthen our nation's global influence as they live and work abroad.
For years I have worked to ensure that overseas Americans can fully
exercise their rights as U.S. citizens by having their voices heard
loud and clear by Congress. Five years ago, I formed the Congressional
Americans Abroad Caucus because I wanted to bring awareness and focus
to the concerns of those residing abroad. U.S. citizens remain just
that, citizens, regardless of
where they choose to live and should not be ignored by virtue of
Our constituents living and working abroad have consistently voiced concerns about the impact federal policymaking has on the issues directly affecting them like voting, immigration, access to financial institutions, and taxation. The time has come to take a look at the importance of federal policies for our overseas community rather than continuing to ignore the calls from our abroad constituents. That is why today I am introducing the Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act, which creates an Executive Commission with the main purpose of examining those concerns. The Commission creates a 15 member panel to examine the impact of federal policymaking on U.S. citizens abroad. The resulting study would then be used by Congress and the Executive Branch when considering the best steps we can take to engage the abroad community and ensure their voices are heard. This process will ensure clearer awareness of the federal issues impacting Americans abroad and will open a path for coordination with those communities towards more robust representation.
We must take a real and comprehensive look at how we, as Members of Congress, respond to U.S. citizens living abroad. Each of our constituents has a right to have their interests represented and to have a role in the political process. The Commission on Americans Living Abroad would establish a foundation from which we can work to better serve the needs of our global constituents. I welcome and urge my colleagues to lend their support to this bill.