Secretary: Hello John Culberson’s office.
American abroad: Hello, I am a voter in John Culberson’s district. What is the Congressman’s position on FATCA, FBAR, and Americans abroad?
Secretary: I am not sure. Let me see if Robert is free. He is the legislative director.
Robert: Hello, this is Robert.
American Abroad: Hi Robert, what is your position on FATCA, FBAR, and other provisions that deal with American’s abroad?
Robert: Sorry Sir, I am not sure what those items are. Unfortunately, we don’t have enough time to develop positions on every matter. We focus on just core matters.
American Abroad: Around 6 to 7 million Americans live abroad and they are supporting American companies, products, and services abroad. As you are well aware, 97% of consumers are not located on the United States and America needs Americans abroad to help them battle in the global economy. Non-US banks are now closing Americans’ bank accounts and they are having trouble functioning and feel abandoned by the US.
Robert: So let me get this straight (in a uninterested tone), you are not calling from my district? Are you calling from abroad?
American abroad: Yes, I am but I vote in your district.
Robert: Okay, thank you for your comment. We will note it.
American abroad: Wait, when do you think you will develop a position on FATCA, FBAR, and how we can help Americans abroad have some relief some from the US’s onerous tax rules? Did you read what the Tax advocate service reported to Congress about the IRS’s treatment of Americans abroad? They said that some of the IRS’s rules were in possible violation of the constitution. I cannot understand why a huge amount of Americans receive zero attention! We are 15 times more numerically than Wyoming but yet we have zero voice and you don’t even develop a position on us. You ignore us and haven’t taken a second to even develop a position on us.
Robert: Sir, thank you for your call.
Conclusion: Your congressman doesn’t care about you. They don’t even know the legislation they are subjecting Americans abroad to. If they don’t even develop a position paper that means we do not even exist to them. For goodness sakes, they devote pages and pages to whether or not gays should serve in the military but they really could care less if Americans abroad have their bank account closed because what legislation they passed.
Americans, forget about the congressional “outreach” path, it will never work. We have to try to band together to sue our government. Sometimes, that is the only action that can be taken. Americans abroad need a Brown vs. Board of Education court ruling.