The Council, recognizing Parliament’s importance in formulating the public policies that comprise its bilateral agenda, understands that deputies’ and senators’ work must be supported by a legitimate platform, which is the Brazil-U.S. Parliamentary Group. Through this Group, the Council has endorsed structural reforms in the areas of pension, labor, tax, and fiscal initiatives to spur growth, urge recovery, and foster Brazil’s insertion in global value chains.
The Council’s activities with the Brazilian Congress are primarily with the Parliamentary Group with a focus on keeping it up to date on the relevance of the legislative agenda for the bilateral relationship. The Council also contributes its private sector expertise to better shape legislative proposals on key issues, such as trade, civil law, research and development, healthcare, and the environment, that indirectly affect U.S. companies doing business in Brazil. In addition, the Council supports inviting Brazilian members of Congress to visit the U.S. Capitol and share best practices and perspectives with the Brazil Caucus. These interactions enable proposed and implemented Brazilian public policies to have broad and ever-increasing global awareness, especially regarding trade and investment between Brazil and the U.S.