Swalwell, Issa Announce the Sharing Economy Caucus

May 12, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representatives Eric Swalwell (D-CA) and Darrell Issa (R-CA) today announced the formation of the bipartisan Sharing Economy Caucus, which will bring attention to this booming sector and its impact on our society and economy.

“As more Americans are opting to stay at Airbnbs, share their cars on Getaround, and take Uber and Lyft, it is important for Congress to take a closer look at the emerging Sharing Economy sector,” said Swalwell. “This Caucus will explore the opportunities made possible by the sharing model, and how Congress can foster innovation and address challenges posed by this emerging sector.”

“Americans increasingly rely on the sorts of innovative services the internet has made possible – services that bring Americans together while providing a new measure of convenience by providing opportunities to conduct business in more efficient ways,” said Issa. “The Sharing Economy Caucus will focus on these pioneering industries and ensure Congress is taking all of the necessary steps to facilitate, rather than hinder, the next great idea.”

The inaugural event of the Sharing Economy Caucus will be a panel briefing tomorrow titled “The Sharing Economy: What is it and what does it mean for our society?”

WHAT: Panel briefing on the sharing economy featuring experts in the industry

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 2:30– 3:30 PM

WHERE: B-318 Rayburn House Office Building

WHO: Arun Sundararajan, NYU Stern School of Business, Professor (Moderator)
David Hantman, Airbnb, Head of Global Public Policy
Padden Murphy, Getaround, Head of Public Policy
David Estrada, Lyft, VP Government Relations
Alan Webber, IDC, Research Director, Digital Government