Overseas Americans

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.

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  • 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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More on Overseas Americans

Apr 9, 2003 Press Release

Washington, DC - Representative Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), former Ranking member of the House subcommittee on the Census, introduced H.R. 1619, the "Census of Americans Abroad Act" last week.

Nov 14, 2001 Press Release
WASHINGTON: Today, election reform legislation to protect overseas voters moved forward as it was included in a highly anticipated, bipartisan election reform bill introduced in the House.
Jul 18, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, an amendment submitted by Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) that requires the Census Bureau to start planning to count Americans Abroad as part of the 2010 Census passed in the House. The amendment to the Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations bill for FY 2001 allocates $2.5 million for the Census Bureau to begin planning to include private citizens living aboard in the 2010 decennial census.

May 25, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Yesterday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney(D-NY) and Rep. Thomas Reynolds(R-NY) introduced the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Reform Act, HR 1997, to establish a single set of laws to protect overseas voters.

Mar 5, 2001 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Democrat on the House Census Subcommittee, reintroduced The Americans Abroad Act, H.R. 680. The act will require a special census in 2004 to determine the most efficient way to count Americans abroad accurately.