Americans Abroad Caucus

Millions of Americans, including military personnel and civilians, live and work across the world. Although they live overseas, many of these U.S. citizens continue to vote and pay taxes in the United States Whether or not they work for American businesses overseas, they help increase exports of American goods and services because they traditionally buy American goods, sell American goods, and create business opportunities for U.S. companies and workers. Their role in strengthening the U.S. economy, creating jobs in the United States, and extending American influence around the globe is vital to the well-being of our nation.

In the 110th Congress Congresswoman Maloney cofounded the Americans Abroad Caucus, which she now co-chairs with Representatives María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Dina Titus (D-NV). The purpose of this bi-partisan caucus is to provide a forum for discussion of the issues that are important to overseas Americans including citizenship, census, voting, banking access, and taxation.


Select Highlights

  • Voting From Abroad: American citizens living abroad have the right to vote in local, state and national elections, but unfortunately they often experience difficulties doing so. Challenges range from learning and meeting the requirements imposed by fifty-five states and territories, to obtaining the mailing addresses and phone numbers to request a ballot, to receiving their ballot before the deadlines have passed. These overseas Americans also have the right to be counted in the decennial census. In her work with the Americans Abroad Caucus, Congresswoman Maloney has advocated on behalf of Americans living abroad to remove barriers that often prevent them from voting in U.S. elections.
  • The Overseas Americans Financial Access Act: Americans who live and work abroad are forced to contend with unsustainable tax burdens as an unintended consequence of U.S. law. The Overseas Americans Financial Access Act directs the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to exclude from Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) reporting financial accounts held by American citizens in countries where they are bona fide residents. This bill eliminates the unintended and excessive reporting burden imposed on overseas Americans by FATCA, enabling them to more easily open and maintain private bank accounts with foreign financial institutions (FFIs).
  • The Commission on Americans Living Abroad Act: This bill, authored by Congresswoman Maloney, would create a bipartisan executive commission to study the full impact of federal policies and the actions of U.S. agencies on the American community abroad. The commission would study federal financial reporting requirements, the ability to vote in U.S. elections, and access to federal programs like Social Security and Medicare.
  • Vaccinations for Americans Abroad: While the majority of Americans 12 and older have received at least their first shot of the coronavirus vaccine, Americans living abroad still face obstacles in accessing these life-saving vaccines. That is why in October of 2021 Representative Maloney led a letter to Secretary of State Blinken asking for the State Department's plans to implement the direct distribution of vaccines to American citizens living abroad or to ensure Americans living abroad can access vaccines from their local governments.

An archive of the Congresswoman's work on behalf of Americans abroad before the 116th Congress can be found here.



More on Americans Abroad Caucus

Nov 1, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney is proud to announce the 117th iteration of the Americans Abroad Caucus with Representatives María Elvira Salazar (R-FL) and Dina Titus (D-NV) joining Maloney as co-chairs.

Sep 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, Americans Abroad Caucus Co-Chair, introduced two pieces of legislation, the Commission on Americans Living Overseas Act of 2019 and the Overseas Americans Financial Access Act. These bills will help American citizens living abroad who are unfairly and disproportionately burdened by existing tax laws.

Mar 19, 2013 Press Release


Washington, DC – This week, the Association of Americans Resident Overseas (AARO) honored Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) with an award celebrating her work on behalf of more than 6.32 million Americans living abroad. The AARO delegation visited Washington, D.C. for a round of meetings with Members of Congress and staff, advocating on a variety of issues its members grapple with overseas.

Inscribed on the award is a message that reads, “In Gratitude For Her Unfailing Support For the Rights of Americans Living and Working Overseas.”

The AARO delegation consisted of AARO President Lucy Laedrich, Vice President Ellen Labelle, representatives from the Federation of American Women’s Clubs Overseas, and American Citizens Abroad.

Congresswoman Maloney has been a staunch supporter for Americans living overseas, having founded the Americans Abroad Caucus and advocating for uniformed absentee voting procedures and access to banking services.



Aug 1, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Mike Honda (D-CA), and Charles Rangel (D-NY) have introduced H.R.6263, legislation to create a Federal commission to study the impact of government policies upon the millions of Americans living overseas.

Jul 3, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – News that the Pentagon’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) reversed itself and will make available both  versions of the voter registration and absentee ballot form for overseas Americans was greeted as good news by Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney and advocates for overseas Americans in Congress.


May 18, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) introduced legislation, H.R. 5828,  with Reps. Charles Gonzalez (D-TX) and Michael Honda (D-CA), which would help eliminate uncertainty for military and overseas voters when they request an absentee ballot this year that they will get ballots for each of the elections for the complete general election cycle when voting absentee.

Apr 23, 2010 Press Release
WASHINGTON, DC – Americans Abroad Caucus Co-Chairs, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) sent a letter to Chairman Barney Frank and Ranking Member Bachus of the Financial Services Committee, of which Rep. Maloney is a senior member, requesting a hearing to look at current U.S. banking laws and regulations that may prevent Americans living overseas from accessing U.S. banking services.
Jun 25, 2009 Press Release

Washington DC –Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Congressman Michael Honda (D-CA) authored an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, H.R. 2647, which would create an Overseas Voting Advisory Board to assist the Department of Defense’s Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), the lead agency empowered to assist overseas voters, whether military or civilian. H.R. 2647 is expected to be passed by the House later today.

Jun 16, 2009 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued this statement in response to the naming of Robert H. Carey to the position of Director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) within the Department of Defense: