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      senate Committees
      Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed September 13th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 393 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      House Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
    IntroducedApril 5th, 2017

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What is it?

This bill would make the Special Envoy to Monitor to Combat Anti-Semitism an ambassador-level position appointed by the president and subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Special Envoy would be required to: 1) be a person of recognized distinction in the field of combating anti-Semitism or religious freedom; 2) serve as the primary advisor to the U.S. government and coordinate efforts across agencies to monitor and combat anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic incitement; and 3) report directly to the Secretary of State.

The bill would require that a Special Envoy be nominated within 90 days of a vacancy or this bill’s enactment (the role has been vacant for more than 500 days).


The Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism; and the State Department.


A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced this bill to elevate and enhance the State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism:

“Jewish communities here and abroad continue to be targeted for hatred and deadly violence. America has a great bipartisan history of leading the fight against anti-Semitism. We must build upon and expand this history. The Special Envoy is critical to focusing and redoubling our leadership and this bill enhances the position.”

This legislation passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee on a voice vote and has the support of 82 bipartisan cosponsors, including 49 Democrats and 33 Republicans.


Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: / James Pintar)


Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018

Official Title

To amend the State Department Basic Authorities Act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-Semitism globally, and for other purposes.