Friday, June 7, 2019


FMC Welcomes Sen. Tim Scott
South Carolina Senator becomes co-chair of the Congressional Study Group on Germany

(Washington, DC) – FMC, an association of former Members of Congress, is proud to announce that U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) will serve as the Republican Senate co-chair for the Congressional Study Group on Germany, joining U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

“It is an honor to co-chair the Congressional Study Group on Germany as we continue to build on our shared goals of freedom and democracy,” said Sen. Scott. “With more than a quarter of the 140,000 jobs in South Carolina coming from Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) from Germany, we share a unique and productive bond. I look forward to working hand-in-hand with my counterparts in the German government and Bundestag to continue to reinforce our alliance, economy and friendship.”

The Congressional Study Group on Germany is the oldest legislative exchange of its kind, involving current Members of Congress from both the House and Senate in an ongoing conversation with Members of the German Bundestag. For more than thirty years, the Study Group has brought bipartisan groups of legislators together to discuss issues ranging from trade policy to global security.  It is one of four such legislative exchanges housed at FMC. The other three are focused on Japan, Korea and Europe. Each Study Group has four co-chairs, split on a bipartisan, bicameral basis.

“The Congressional Study Group on Germany has served as a critical resource on transatlantic matters for members of the U.S. Congress, since it was created more than 35 years ago,” said Sen. Shaheen. “I am proud to help guide this institution, and I am excited to get to work with my friend from South Carolina in that effort. Now more than ever, Members of the House and Senate are looking for increased ways to positively build on the transatlantic partnership and its contributions to our defense, our economy and our world. I look forward to working with Senator Scott to help advance this important endeavor and continue promoting the transatlantic alliance.”

Scott joins Shaheen in the Senate, and U.S. Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) in the House, as co-chairs of the Congressional Study Group on Germany. The Study Group also features a bipartisan membership of more than six dozen Members of the U.S. House and Senate.

Scott, in his first full term in the Senate, following his 2012 appointment and 2014 reelection, represents a state full of businesses that invest in trade with Germany, and German businesses who create good, well-paying jobs in the United States.

In fact, more jobs are created through German investment in South Carolina than by investment from any other nation in the Palmetto State.

“The global impact of the United States is mirrored in our own nation by the impact other countries have on our everyday lives,” said former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost (D-Texas), President of FMC. “Senator Scott understands this interaction, and can see it in his own state. I’m happy that someone so clearly invested in the success of America’s relationship with Germany will be leading our Congressional Study Group on the Senate side of the Capitol, and I look forward to working with him.”

FMC is a non-advocacy, non-partisan group founded in 1970 and chartered by Congress in 1983. It is a voluntary alliance of former U.S. Senators and Representatives, working to strengthen Congress in the conduct of its Constitutional responsibility through promoting a collaborative approach to policy making; and to deepening the understanding of our democratic system.