Americans Abroad Caucus is Growing

1 May

At least there is some degree of indirect representation for those of us EXPATS who are taxed. So now I suppose that I must amend my statements made in the past about taxation without representation. Well, it is not really representation in the fullest sense of the word. The origin of the word caucus, is debated, but there is some agreement that it first came into use in the English colonies of North America and was first written in a February 1763 entry in the diary of John Adams of Braintree, Massachusetts. There are presently some 257 caucuses listed alphabetically in the Wikipedia page on Caucuses of the United States Congress, including from the Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus to the Zero Capital Gains Caucus. What is their value to those whose interests are “represented” by them? How much influence do these caucuses have in initiating and passing legislation? These questions remain to be answered. But at least there is a place to which we otherwise relatively unrepresented citizens can turn.

The Americans Abroad Caucus has a new member – Dina Titus (D-NV).  Serving the First Congressional District of Nevada, Congresswoman Dina Titus has built a strong record of achievement as both an educator and a public servant.  The Americans Abroad Caucus counts 28 members as of April 2014, representing many states and all regions of the nation.  Twenty-two Democrats and six Republicans are members, (find their profiles here.) as listred by the American Citizens Abroad. The ACA newsletter states that they “look forward to working with these Representatives in Congress to advance the cause of Americans residing and working overseas.”

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One Response to “Americans Abroad Caucus is Growing”

  1. renounceuscitizenship May 4, 2014 at 12:50 PM #

    Reblogged this on U.S. Persons Abroad – Members of a Unique Tax, Form and Penalty Club and commented:
    Perhaps this is an exception to the general principle that:
    “It’s a good thing that we don’t get all the government that we pay for”.

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