In September, NCBA CLUSA announced that its Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus was officially re-established in the 116th Congress. The bipartisan caucus, which helps drive a co-op friendly legislative agenda, is co-chaired by U.S. Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Jim Baird (R-IN).
Since October, four new members have joined the caucus—Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO), Angie Craig (D-MN), Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). Between September and October, another five members joined. Now totaling 20 members, the caucus will be critical to ensuring that federal lawmakers keep co-op priorities top of mind when crafting and considering legislation. The caucus is also a platform to educate Congressional staff on cooperative issues.
Cooperatives exist in every Congressional District across the country and inject $3 trillion into the U.S. economy each year. Co-ops spur economic growth in underserved rural and urban America; empower individuals, families and communities to better their lives; and ensure that people have access to high-quality goods and services at competitive prices and costs.
You can help grow support for cooperatives within Congress and the Administration by asking your U.S. Representative to join the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus. To find your Member of Congress, visit www.house.gov/find-your-representative and type in your zip code. For more information on the caucus and a sample letter you can customize and send your elected officials, visit https://ncbaclusa.coop/advocacy/congressional-caucus/.