June 22, 2016

Congressmen Cárdenas and Curbelo Launch Bipartisan Caucus to Drive Economic Opportunity between United States and Latin America

Rep. Tony Cárdenas (D-CA) and Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) announced the launch of the bipartisan Connecting the Americas Caucus, which will focus on strengthening relationships and business opportunities between the United States and Central and South American countries. The inaugural Connecting Americas Caucus meeting brought together members with CEOs and key figures from major Latin American corporations at a roundtable and discussed business strategies, challenges and opportunities.

“I am excited to be joined by so many esteemed colleagues to launch the Connecting the Americas Caucus.” said Rep. Cárdenas. “Every day, opportunities within the hemisphere go untapped and millions of dollars are lost simply because companies do not know where to begin if they want to expand into new territories and grow their business.  This caucus will open the lines of communication and identify solutions that will allow us to improve the business environment between the regions. ”

"The bipartisan Connecting the Americas Caucus will serve as an excellent opportunity for members from both sides of the aisle to promote trade in Latin America,” said Rep. Curbelo. “I look forward to collaborating with my colleagues on solutions that will benefit our country and those in the region.”   

Latin American companies who participated in the caucus roundtable include Oxiteno from Brazil,  Rassini of México, Ascentis Real Estate Partners from Colombia, and Macchu Pisco of Peru.

Members of the Connecting the Americas Caucus include the following Representatives: Julia Brownley (D-CA), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), David Cicilline (D-RI), Rubén Gallego (D-AZ), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Ron Kind (R-WI), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Pat Meehan (R-PA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and Tim Walz (D-MN).

The new bipartisan caucus was founded to promote innovation and entrepreneurship between the United States and Latin America and to showcase the economic benefits of fostering a more interconnected region. Eliminating barriers that prohibit Latin American countries and the United States from doing business could end up boosting business collaborations across the region, bring more jobs to our communities, and in the end, increase the opportunity for people from every country to succeed.

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