Representatives Aguilar and Guthrie Launch Bipartisan E-Commerce Caucus
Today, Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-CA) and Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) launched the Congressional E-Commerce Caucus. This bipartisan caucus aims to explore federal policy related to the E-Commerce industry and its impacts on the American economy. The caucus will focus on four policy areas: expanding internet access, investing in infrastructure, promoting job growth and connecting buyers to sellers.
“E-Commerce businesses, from retailers to distributors, have become an integral part of the Inland Empire economy, with both corporate and individual sellers creating a competitive and accessible marketplace,” said Rep. Aguilar. He continued, “With so many families in our region benefitting from the jobs created in the E-Commerce industry, I want to make sure that Congress is having discussions about how our policies impact this industry.”
“I’m honored to join my colleague Rep. Pete Aguilar to chair the Congressional E-Commerce Caucus,” said Rep. Guthrie. “What better time to start this caucus as we approach Cyber Monday, when online shopping sales are projected to top $6.6 billion? As our retail economy rapidly digitizes, it is important for Congress to consider how federal policy relates to this growing sector – whether that is ensuring reliable internet connectivity, investing in infrastructure, or promoting job growth in this industry. I look forward to working with my colleagues in a bipartisan way to focus on growing our economy.”
The E-Commerce Caucus held a launch event on November 15th that gave industry representatives the chance to meet with Rep. Aguilar and Rep. Guthrie, who will serve as co-chairs of the caucus. The co-chairs are hopeful that membership will continue to grow on a bipartisan basis.