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H.R. 1911: Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2017

Sep 13, 2018 at 1:08 p.m. ET. On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 1911 (115th) in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 1911 amends the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to mandate that the position of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism shall hold the rank of Ambassador. Specifically, the legislation establishes that the Special Envoy will be nominated by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, report directly to the Secretary of State, not hold any other office, and serve as the primary advisor to, and coordinate the efforts of the United States government to monitor and combat anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement that occur in foreign countries.

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism advances U.S. foreign policy on anti-Semitism and develops and implements policies and projects to support efforts to combat anti-Semitism. The Special Envoy accepts information on anti-Semitic incidents including personal and property attacks, government policies, and press and mass media reports. The Special Envoy was established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004. The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) produces the State Department's annual reports on Human Rights Practices and International Religious Freedom, and the Special Envoy provides input on anti-Semitism for these reports.

Source: Republican Policy Committee


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Yea 92%
Nay 0%
Not Voting 8%

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