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For a number of years, FAWCO and its partner organizations have advocated for a change to current citizenship law in order to prevent the adverse effects of a law most certainly thought to be beneficial to young American mothers giving birth abroad.
The law as it stood said that while the unwed American father of a child born abroad had...

At the end of April, US Tax & Banking Chair Cora Lee Findley and I joined three AARO members for the "second wave" of this year's Overseas Americans Week (four AARO members went in March), unsure if anyone in Washington would be interested in anything but "health care" and the ever-illusive "tax reform". 
 

We have a "Woman on a Twenty"!!
On April 20, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that Harriet Tubman, African-American abolitionist and Union spy during the Civil War, will be honored on the new US $20 bill, replacing President Andrew Jackson.  Tubman was born a slave on an unrecorded date and died on March 10, 1913.  She will be the first...

Start the year off right!
  
How often have you heard:
  1. No point in my voting from overseas; my ballot won't be counted anyway!
  2. My ballot didn't arrive in time, so I won't be able to vote this year.
  3.  I don't need to vote; one more vote won't make the difference...
  4. I don't like either of them, so why should...

Write to your Senators to tell them "the time has come!"
Last week, I sent letters to those responsible for advancing the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to its ratification by the US Senate, pointing out that since Somalia (Somalia!) managed to finalize its ratification process on October 1, the United States is now the only outlier in...

Election Day is November 4th - but it's closer than you think if you're a US voter who lives overseas. Before you can vote, you must register/request a ballot (remember that we are now required to do this every year!). If you have not registered yet, do it now - to be sure your voice will be heard in November.

 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014, but most registered overseas voters will receive their ballots in late September or early October. When your ballot comes, follow the instructions for filling it out and returning it as carefully as you can, and do it as soon as you can, to ensure that you cast a valid vote in good time to be counted.

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Lucy Stensland Laederich
FAWCO US Liaison


Washington Update Bulletin




FAWCO is an original organizer of the annualOverseas Americans Week
in Washington


May 26, 2013

   
FAWCO Washington Update 


 


The EU to look at FATCA implications


  

On Tuesday, May 28, the Economic and Monetary Committee of the European Parliament is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the implications for Europe of FATCA implementation.

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