H. R. 1911
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 5, 2017
Mr. Smith of New Jersey (for himself, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Roskam, Mr. Engel, Mr. Weber of Texas, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Bilirakis, and Mr. Veasey) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs
To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017.
Congress finds that since the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 was enacted, in many foreign countries acts of anti-Semitism have been frequent and wide in scope, the perpetrators and variety of threats to Jewish communities and their institutions have proliferated, and in some countries anti-Semitic attacks have increased in frequency, scope, violence, and deadliness.
Monitoring and Combating anti-Semitism
Subsection (a) of section 59 of the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 (22 U.S.C. 2731) is amended—
in paragraph (2)—
in subparagraph (A)—
by inserting before the period at the end the following:
, who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; and
by adding at the end the following new sentence:
The Special Envoy shall report directly to the Secretary.; and
in subparagraph (B)—
by striking the first sentence; and
in the third sentence, by striking
The Secretary may allow such officer or employee to retain the position (and the responsibilities associated with such position) and inserting
Such officer or employee may not retain the position (or the responsibilities associated with such position); and
by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
The Special Envoy shall serve as the primary advisor to, and coordinate efforts across, the United States Government relating to monitoring and combating anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement that occur in foreign countries.
Rank and status of ambassador
The Special Envoy shall have the rank of ambassador.
The Special Envoy should be a person of recognized distinction in the field of—
combating anti-Semitism; or