Representative Doug Bereuter
his 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman
Doug Bereuter has been an outstanding champion of cooperatives,
both in his home state of Nebraska and overseas. His steadfast
leadership has greatly enhanced international cooperative development
and has helped create new business opportunities for U.S. cooperatives.
Bereuter’s work includes leading the effort for passage
of landmark legislation recognizing the role of overseas cooperatives
in the promotion of democratic principles, introducing provisions
that co-ops be given priority for loans and guarantees from
the Overseas Private Investment Corp, promoting the use of cooperatives
in hunger alleviation, and writing the funding provisions supporting
the Farmer-to-Farmer program.
He also introduced the Overseas Cooperative Development Act,
which directs USAID to review its development programs and expand
the use of cooperatives for agriculture, financial systems,
infrastructure, and housing and community services.
Domestically he supported tax credits for farmers investing
in value-added agricultural property, the Credit Union Membership
Access Act, and regulatory relief for farmers and farm retailers
in the National Highway System Designation Act.
Through his personal commitment to people helping people, Congressman
Bereuter is a friend to cooperatives.