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S. 604 (113th): Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2013


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 19, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


II

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 604

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 19, 2013

(for himself,Mr. Kirk,Mr. Inhofe, andMr. Cornyn) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Foreign Relations

A BILL

To recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, 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 and Recognition Act of 2013 .

2.

Recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocation of the United States embassy to Jerusalem

(a)

Statement of policy

It is the policy of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of the State of Israel, both de jure and de facto.

(b)

Sense of Congress

It is the sense ofCongressthat—

(1)

Jerusalem must remain an undivided city in which the rights of every ethnic and religious group are protected as they have been by Israel since 1967;

(2)

every citizen of Israel should have the right to reside anywhere in the undivided city of Jerusalem;

(3)

thePresidentand theSecretary of Stateshould publicly affirm as a matter of United States policy that Jerusalem must remain the undivided capital of the State of Israel;

(4)

the President should immediately implement the provisions of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995(Public Law 104–45)and begin the process of relocating the United States Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; and

(5)

United States officials should refrain from any actions that contradict United States law on this subject.

(c)

Amendment of Waiver Authority

The Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995(Public Law 104–45)is amended—

(1)

by strikingsection 7; and

(2)

by redesignatingsection 8assection 7.

(d)

Identification of Jerusalem on Government Documents

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any official document of the United States Government which lists countries and their capital cities shall identify Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

(e)

Restriction on funding subject to opening determination

Not more than 50 percent of the funds appropriated to theDepartment of Statefor fiscal year 2013 forAcquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroadmay be obligated until theSecretary of Statedetermines and reports toCongressthat the United States Embassy in Jerusalem has officially opened.

(f)

Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 Funding

(1)

Fiscal year 2014

Of the funds authorized to be appropriated forAcquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroadfor theDepartment of Statefor fiscal year 2014, such sums as may be necessary should 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 2015

Of the funds authorized to be appropriated forAcquisition and Maintenance of Buildings Abroadfor theDepartment of Statefor fiscal year 2015, such sums as may be necessary should 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.

(g)

Definition

In this section, the termUnited States Embassymeans the offices of the United States diplomatic mission and the residence of the United States chief of mission.