S. 2737 (111th): Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 2009

111th Congress, 2009–2010. Text as of Nov 05, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2737

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 5, 2009

(for himself, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Kyl, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Lieberman, Mr. Vitter, and Mr. Bunning) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations

A BILL

To relocate to Jerusalem the United States Embassy in Israel, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act of 2009.

2.

Findings

Congress makes the following findings:

(1)

Each sovereign nation, under international law and custom, may designate its own capital.

(2)

Jerusalem has been the capital of the Jewish people for 3,000 years.

(3)

Jerusalem has never been the capital for any other state other than for the Jewish people.

(4)

Since 1950, the city of Jerusalem has been the capital of the State of Israel.

(5)

The city of Jerusalem is the seat of Israel's President, Parliament, and Supreme Court, and the site of numerous government ministries and social and cultural institutions.

(6)

The city of Jerusalem is the spiritual center of Judaism, and is also considered a holy city by the members of other religious faiths.

(7)

From 1948–1967, Jerusalem was a divided city and Israeli citizens of all faiths as well as Jewish citizens of all states were denied access to holy sites in the area controlled by Jordan.

(8)

In 1967, the city of Jerusalem was reunited during the conflict known as the Six Day War.

(9)

Since 1967, Jerusalem has been a united city under Israeli law, and persons of all religious faiths have been guaranteed under Israeli law full access to holy sites within the city.

(10)

The United States maintains its embassy in the functioning capital of every country except in the case of our democratic friend and strategic ally, the State of Israel.

(11)

The United States conducts official meetings and other business in the city of Jerusalem in de facto recognition of its status as the capital of Israel.

(12)

United States law states as a matter of United States policy that Jerusalem should be the undivided capital of Israel.

(13)

Relocating the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would express the continued support of the United States for Israel and for an undivided Jerusalem.

3.

Relocation of the United States embassy to jerusalem

(a)

Removal of waiver authority

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 (Public Law 104–45; 109 Stat. 398) is amended—

(1)

by striking section 7; and

(2)

by redesignating section 8 as section 7.

(b)

Timetable

Not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to the Department of State for fiscal year 2012 for Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad may be obligated until the Secretary of State determines and reports to Congress that the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

(c)

Fiscal years 2010 and 2011 funding

(1)

Fiscal year 2010

Of the funds authorized to be appropriated for Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad for the Department of State for fiscal year 2010, such sums as may be necessary shall be made available until expended only for construction and other costs associated with the establishment of the United States Embassy in Israel in the capital of Jerusalem.

(2)

Fiscal year 2011

Of the funds authorized to be appropriated for Acquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroad for the Department of State for fiscal year 2011, such sums as may be necessary shall be made available until expended only for construction and other costs associated with the establishment of the United States Embassy in Israel in the capital of Jerusalem.

(d)

Definition

In this section, the term United States Embassy means the offices of the United States diplomatic mission and the residence of the United States chief of mission.