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 U.S. 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.
- Americans Abroad Caucus: In the 110th Congress Congresswoman Maloney cofounded the Americans Abroad Caucus. 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.
- 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.
- Banking Services for Americans Abroad: Americans citizens living abroad are routinely denied foreign and domestic banking services. Congresswoman Maloney has urged the Treasury Department to address this issue.
- 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.
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WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), co-chair of the Americans Abroad Caucus, has introduced legislation to protect the voting rights of the millions of American citizens currently living overseas. According to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, about two-thirds of the absentee ballots requested for last year’s general election by overseas Americans were not counted. Ballots either weren't received in time, were sent to an incorrect address, or filled out incorrectly.