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S. 11: Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act

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

Dean Heller

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Nevada. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Length: 5 pages

Jan 3, 2017


Introduced on Jan 3, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 3, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 3, 2017

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S. 11 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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