WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) announced his membership in the Congressional America 250 Caucus, a bipartisan, bicameral body that will promote the 250th anniversary of our nation's founding. The Caucus works closely with the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, a nonpartisan federal commemorative commission established by Congress that is charged with planning the overall program for the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026. Its vision encompasses three overarching themes—educate, engage, and unite—with a goal of inspiring the American spirit and encouraging participation by all Americans.

“Nearly 250 years into the American experiment and our democracy is facing existential threats from within. Too often, Americans view their government with cynicism and their fellow citizens as strangers. I joined the America 250 Caucus because this anniversary presents a unique opportunity to tell the American story in a way that restores faith in government and in each other as citizens,” said Murphy. “We can draw on our history to find our way out of this polarized moment and engage in a nationwide conversation around our shared values.”

The Caucus is co-chaired by the eight legislators who serve on the U.S. Semiquicentennial Commission: U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.); and U.S. Representatives Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), Dwight Evans (D-Pa.), George Holding (R-N.C.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.).