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house Bill H.R. 1911

Should the State Department's Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism be Strengthened?

Argument in favor

Jewish communities in the U.S. and around the world are targeted for hatred and violence, and by strengthening the State Department’s Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism in the the government will counteract such bigotry.

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09/11/2018
Should be pointed out that Arabs are Semites too. Just sayin
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Kelly's Opinion
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09/11/2018
Because hating people for their religious beliefs is cruel and stupid.
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Azrael's Opinion
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09/11/2018
Yes and just saw something very disturbing I’d like addressed immediately Our tax dollars, 1.4 million dollars were given to a Rollmann farms in shawneetown, Illinois Please verify the photos of the racist sign posted on their property and if true, have our tax dollars returned
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Argument opposed

While the Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism fills an important role, making it an ambassador-level position won’t make much of a difference. Alternatively, the position should be eliminated or left vacant.

Frances's Opinion
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09/09/2018
NO, WE DO NOT NEED TO GIVE THE TRAITOR-IN - CHIEF NAZI SYMPATHIZER PRESIDENT THE POWER TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO SUPPOSEDLY MONITOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND ACTUALLY DO THE OPPOSITE! THIS IS WHAT HE HAS DONE TO THE EPA, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, HUD, FEMA AND EVERY OTHER AGENCY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR RIGHTS, WHILE DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOT DOING THEIR JOBS WHILE COSTING US FORTUNES IN TAX MONEY FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL DESIRES AND CORRUPTION, AND TAKING AWAY THE PROTECTIONS FOR CITIZENS AGAINST THE BIG CORPORATIONS WHO PAY YOU CORRUPT REPUBLICANS, WHO DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THE VOTERS YOU REPRESENT WANT, BUT WHAT YOUR BIG DONORS WANT!
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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09/10/2018
Why doesn’t this include blacks, Latinos, Asian and all the other people like this which Trump denigrates.
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Donna 's Opinion
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09/11/2018
No need to “create” another patronage job for say, Jerad Kushner” to enable him to rake in big bucks EARNED by everyday TAX PAYERS. We have well established laws to counteract HATE-MONGERS ( like say Donald TRUMP) all we need to do is ENFORCE them!!!!
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Foreign Relations
  • The house Passed September 13th, 2018
    Roll Call Vote 393 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
    IntroducedApril 5th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 1911?

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).

Impact

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

Cost of House Bill H.R. 1911

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.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: IStock.com / James Pintar)

AKA

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.

    Should be pointed out that Arabs are Semites too. Just sayin
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    NO, WE DO NOT NEED TO GIVE THE TRAITOR-IN - CHIEF NAZI SYMPATHIZER PRESIDENT THE POWER TO APPOINT SOMEONE TO SUPPOSEDLY MONITOR ANTI-SEMITISM AND ACTUALLY DO THE OPPOSITE! THIS IS WHAT HE HAS DONE TO THE EPA, THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, HUD, FEMA AND EVERY OTHER AGENCY THAT IS SUPPOSED TO PROTECT OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR RIGHTS, WHILE DESTROYING THE ENVIRONMENT AND NOT DOING THEIR JOBS WHILE COSTING US FORTUNES IN TAX MONEY FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL DESIRES AND CORRUPTION, AND TAKING AWAY THE PROTECTIONS FOR CITIZENS AGAINST THE BIG CORPORATIONS WHO PAY YOU CORRUPT REPUBLICANS, WHO DO NOT LISTEN TO WHAT THE VOTERS YOU REPRESENT WANT, BUT WHAT YOUR BIG DONORS WANT!
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    Why doesn’t this include blacks, Latinos, Asian and all the other people like this which Trump denigrates.
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    No need to “create” another patronage job for say, Jerad Kushner” to enable him to rake in big bucks EARNED by everyday TAX PAYERS. We have well established laws to counteract HATE-MONGERS ( like say Donald TRUMP) all we need to do is ENFORCE them!!!!
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    Because hating people for their religious beliefs is cruel and stupid.
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    Yes and just saw something very disturbing I’d like addressed immediately Our tax dollars, 1.4 million dollars were given to a Rollmann farms in shawneetown, Illinois Please verify the photos of the racist sign posted on their property and if true, have our tax dollars returned
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    How about a general resolution to increase religious tolerance for all faiths?
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    Start with trump!!!!
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    Fighting anti-semitism is a very important thing that our country should be prioritizing. Protecting the Jewish people and all minorities from discrimination is an essential thing that our country should strongly be for.
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    While I appreciate what appears to be at least a superficial attempt to protect us, I would rather we stick with the separation of church and state. A strong separation of church and state will protect us more than any one antisemitic prevention personnel.
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    I would want the same thing if people were targeting my religious community and beliefs. So I vote yes.
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    I got an idea how about labeling Anti-Semitism as terrorist!
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    How about appointing Mark Levin?
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    If it won’t make much of a difference why do it? Go for effect not a band aid solution
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    Sure, why not. But, not an Ambassador level position. This is a Willow-the-Wisp position, no teeth to control, just report back to the State Department.
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    We do not need to spend more money on this until we spend more money fighting racism in our own country. It seems pretty hypocritical to fight anti Semitic behavior abroad while we do nothing to fight racism here.
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    This administration has done nothing to stop the violence against the African Americans, Hispanics,Latinos and LGBTQ community. Until they can do that, nobody should be special. Shut it down.
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    Trump cannot keep anyone in a position long enough for it to make sense. Take the money and put it towards our mental healthcare system and/or veterans causes.
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    If you want to combat anti-semitism get rid of the Nazi sympathizing Trump Administration!!
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    Isn’t our current Islamophobia exactly the same thing. Swap Jewish for Muslim check your Webster. Wake up people, stop repeating history.
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