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From voting rights to financial reporting, the almost eight million Americans who live overseas are often adversely impacted by federal policies that fail to consider their unique circumstances. That has Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Mike Honda (D-CA), of the Americans Abroad Caucus, concerned. The pair introduced new legislation (HR 3078) to establish a commission that would study the variety of ways federal policy fails those living outside the 50 states.

The legislation would create a 10-member bipartisan Executive Commission to study the impact of US laws and Executive actions on the overseas Americans community. The study would then be used to make recommendations for actions Congress and the Executive Branch could take to improve collaboration and communication of policies impacting this community. The intent of the review is to enhance awareness, coordination, and integration of the activities of the federal government relating to Americans abroad.