About the bill
The U.S. maintains embassies in almost every country around the world, virtually all of which are located in that nation’s capital. A 1995 law mandated that the U.S. move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv, Israel’s fourth-largest city of 250 thousand, to Jerusalem, its capital and largest city of 800 thousand. Yet in the 22 years since, the three presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all invoked a provision in the law that delays the move if they deem it in the national ...
Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Arizona's 8th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Jan 4, 2017
Length: 6 pages
115th Congress, 2017–2019
This bill was introduced on January 4, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
What legislators are saying
“Chair of the Israel Allies Caucus Applauds President Trumps Historic and Long Overdue Decision to Recognize Jerusalem as Israels Capital and Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem”
— Rep. Trent Franks [R-AZ8, 2013-2017] (Sponsor) on Dec 6, 2017
“Rokita: Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel, the US Embassy Rightfully Belongs There”
— Rep. Todd Rokita [R-IN4, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Dec 6, 2017
“Marchant Statement after the Dedication of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem”
— Rep. Kenny Marchant [R-TX24] (Co-sponsor) on May 14, 2018
Jul 26, 2013
Earlier Version — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2846 (113th).
Jan 4, 2017
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H.R. 257 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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