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Sending Office: Honorable Gregory W. Meeks
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Florence.Akinyemi@mail.house.gov

JOIN THE NEWLY INVIGORATED CONGRESSIONAL SERVICES CAUCUS

 

Did you know….?

  • The services sector accounts for AT LEAST 65% of jobs in every U.S. Congressional district.
  • Services account for eight out of ten U.S. jobs and 80% of U.S. GDP.
  • The U.S. services sector generated a trade surplus of $262 billion in 2018.

 

Dear Colleague,

Do you think of your district as a manufacturing district?  Or do you consider yours a farm/agricultural-centered district?  The reality is that every congressional district has a minimum of 65% jobs in the services sector.  In order to speak to the majority
of workers in your congressional district you need to speak to the opportunities and challenges faced by the services sector.  In fact, success in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors are integrated with services and depend on them to get to markets and
grow.

We invite you to join the Congressional Services Caucus, a bipartisan group of members dedicated to understanding and increasing the competitiveness of the dynamic U.S. services sector and the tens of millions of high-quality jobs that depend
on it.

U.S. services industries are the most competitive in the world and are at the heart of the U.S. economy and the digital economy that is transforming our lives. In fact, you cannot grow it, make it, move it, buy it or sell it without services.  From streaming
our favorite music and shows on the go, to the food we grow and eat, to the latest online impulse buy delivered to our doorstep, services are thoroughly integrated into our everyday lives.

Services have also been instrumental in global pandemic response. The movement of cargo, medical equipment operations, financial systems, internet connectivity, telework, and virtual education services are all integral to our country’s and the world’s efforts
to sustain our social distancing efforts and eventually recover from this crisis.

Crucially, services drive the competitiveness and growth of key U.S. economic sectors, including:

  • Manufacturing: Services account on average from 25 to 50 percent of manufacturing input (such as R&D, telecommunications, financial services, distribution), enabling improvements in manufacturing efficiency and product performance through
    inclusion of smart technologies.
  • Agriculture: Services help the U.S. remain a top agricultural exporter, in part because of the supporting services such as transportation, financial services, and information technology, among others. These sectors make up a significant
    share of value of such exports.
  • Small and Medium Enterprises: 68 percent of U.S. small businesses identify as services suppliers. Services also enable SMEs in the United States to compete successfully in the global market, including through logistics, payment processing,
    and the global reach of digital platforms.

The bipartisan Congressional Services Caucus focuses on the crucial contribution of services, which are increasingly digitally enabled, to our economy, employment, trade and investment, and U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. It
provides a forum for honest, open, and informative discussion and education between government, private sector, academics and other stakeholders in the services sector. The Caucus holds numerous briefings, discussions, and roundtables on issues affecting the
wellbeing of the U.S. services economy and plays a critical role in ensuring that services are an important part of the U.S. and global trade agenda to promote economic growth and jobs.

If you have any questions or are interested in joining the Global Investment in America Caucus, please contact:

Sincerely,

 

Gregory W. Meeks                                Kenny Marchant

Members of Congress                            Members of Congress

 

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