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Congressional Co-op Business Caucus Re-Established
USAgNet - 09/19/2019

The National Cooperative Business Association-CLUSA International announced its Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus will be re-established in the 116th Congress. The bipartisan group, which helps drive a cooperative-friendly legislative agenda, will be co-chaired by Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan and Rep. Jim Baird of Indiana.

The caucus aims to promote the cooperative business model as a preferred market solution and policy option to solve today's public policy challenges. To reach this goal, the group will brief Congressional staff and stakeholders on a variety of issues, such as small business cooperative development, and work together to support legislation that advances cooperatives' priorities.

"Because of their values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equity, equality and solidarity, cooperative businesses have the capacity to address countless problems in our economy," Pocan said. "Co-ops give workers a voice in the workplace, allow rural Americans to band together to meet their communities' needs and so much more. I am proud to be a co-chair of the Congressional Cooperative Business Caucus and educate policymakers about the many policy challenges that cooperative businesses can address."

Backers of the effort say cooperatives exist in every congressional district across the country and contributes $3 trillion into the U.S. economy each year.

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