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house Bill H.R. 221

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.

Ellen's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Yes. All agencies assigned to target Racism and antisemitism should be strengthened. Especially with a racist as president.
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Jodi's Opinion
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01/11/2019
The comments on this bill speak to the necessity of it. There is a reason I am moving to Israel, and that is primarily because I refuse to sit around and watch antisemitism get worse here until it inevitably becomes unsafe for Jews.
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Jeffrey's Opinion
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01/10/2019
Anything to do with fighting hate, racism, anti-semitism etc should be funded and approved and enforced to the ultimate extent of the law. It will help to get the most discriminating hateful and spiteful person out the office to fully enforce it though.
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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.

zmrt69's Opinion
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01/11/2019
I am not sure why this position is specific to anti-semitism. Should it not be generalized to any religious / ethnic group?
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Navid's Opinion
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01/11/2019
This blurs the line between anti-Israeli rhetoric and anti-semitism. The biggest proponents of this bill are Israeli war criminals. This is against our 1st amendment rights #shameful
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DrCindyBean's Opinion
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01/06/2019
This anti semitism envoy does not need to be ambassador level. I would not favor this.
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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 January 11th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 411 Yea / 1 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 221?

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. 221

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress 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 bill's 116th Congress reintroduction has the support of seven bipartisan cosponsors, including four Democrats and three Republicans. In the 115th Congress, 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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AKA

Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act

Official Title

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

    Yes. All agencies assigned to target Racism and antisemitism should be strengthened. Especially with a racist as president.
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    I am not sure why this position is specific to anti-semitism. Should it not be generalized to any religious / ethnic group?
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    This blurs the line between anti-Israeli rhetoric and anti-semitism. The biggest proponents of this bill are Israeli war criminals. This is against our 1st amendment rights #shameful
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    This anti semitism envoy does not need to be ambassador level. I would not favor this.
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    The comments on this bill speak to the necessity of it. There is a reason I am moving to Israel, and that is primarily because I refuse to sit around and watch antisemitism get worse here until it inevitably becomes unsafe for Jews.
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    Anything to do with fighting hate, racism, anti-semitism etc should be funded and approved and enforced to the ultimate extent of the law. It will help to get the most discriminating hateful and spiteful person out the office to fully enforce it though.
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    With this president and his followers thinking race is a card in America we need to make it stronger.
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    H.R. 221: Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Anti-Semitism Act I’m in strong support of and recommend the passage of the HOUSE bill H.R. 221 AKA Special Envoy to Monitor & Combat Anti-Semitism Act which 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. 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. SneakyPete......... 👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸👍🏻......... 1*11*19........
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    I could not be more strongly against anti-semitism, but I do not think that we need another worthless government position. Protect all Americans.
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    Given recent events, I think the elevation is warranted.
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    Ever since this current president has been in office, the hate in this country has skyrocketed and this president is looking more and more like Hitler every day! therefore please strengthen your anti-somatic actions! Thank you!
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    There should be protection for all groups not select ones, that goes for all.
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    I'm thankful that President Trump, with his Jewish son in law, daughter, and grandchildren, and his understanding of our need to strengthen our bonds with our greatest ally in the Middle East, will support this. Jews world wide are again being targeted, and Michigan elected a Muslim pro Palestinian congresswoman!
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    Not unless we are going to do the same for all religious and ethnic groups.
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    Instances of anti-Semitic activities have been much exaggerated. Not that anti-Semitism doesn't exist, but there is more prejudice toward Muslims, blacks and Hispanics. Hatred, violence and prejudice from any group toward any other group needs to be addressed. No special treatment for certain groups over others.
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    If Mitch McConnell fails to do his constitutional obligations to bring legislation to the floor that could end this Shutdown. Conceivably, the Republican caucus could reopen the leadership matter next week and oust McConnell with a simple majority vote. Please Act like the co-equal branch of government our Constitution says you are.
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    No group should be persecuted f
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    Vote yes. Anti-semitism is on the rise and needs to be combated.
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    Anything to combat antisemitism needs to be made stronger as well as any hate legislation.
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    Yes, but wall first.
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