DearColleague.us

Letter

Sending Office: Honorable Nita M. Lowey
Sent By:
Liz.Leibowitz@mail.house.gov

 

Request for Signature(s)

Closing: Friday, June 30, at 10 am

Current signers (103): Lowey, Smith, Barragan, Bera, Beyer, Bilirakis, Bonamici,Bordallo, Brady (Bob), Burgess, Carbajal, Carter, Cartwright, Chabot, Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, Comstock, Conyers, Crist, Crowley, Curbelo, Davis (Danny), DelBene, Demings,
Deutch, Donovan, Doyle, Duncan, Ellison, Engel, Espaillat, Fitzpatrick, Frankel, Gottheimer, Granger, Green (Gene), Grothman, Hastings, Hultgren, Jeffries (Hakeem), Johnson (Bill), Johnson (Hank), Joyce, Kaptur, Kelly, Kihuen, King, Lance, Larsen, Lawrence,
Levin, Lewis, Lieu, Lipinski, Lofgren, Lowenthal, Lujan Grisham, Maloney (Patrick), Mast, McCaul, McGovern, Meehan, Meeks, Meng, Moore, Murphy (Tim), Nadler, Norcross, Norton, Pallone Jr., Panetta, Pocan, Poliquin, Polis, Quigley, Raskin, Rice, Richmond, Rooney,
Rosen, Roskam, Ros-Lehtinen, Royce, Ryan (Tim), Sablan, Sarbanes, Schakowsky, Schiff, Schwikert, Sensenbrenner, Sherman, Sinema, Suozzi, Taylor, Titus, Torres, Trott, Vargas, Vela, Velazquez, Walorski, Wasserman Schultz, Weber, Yarmuth

Dear Colleague,

As two members who have a direct legislative stake in the Special Envoy and Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism, we invite you to join us in signing the below bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. It asks whether the State Department
intends to comply with the Fiscal Year 17 Appropriations Omnibus and plans to fill the position of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in a timely manner. The letter also urges him to maintain staff in the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.

Established by the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-332), with provisions authored by Rep. Chris Smith, the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism heads the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the State Department
and advances U.S. foreign policy on anti-Semitism. The Special Envoy and the Office enjoy bipartisan support, as demonstrated by a letter sent earlier this year to President Donald Trump by 167 members of Congress from both parties urging him to prioritize
the appointment of this position.

State Department spokesperson Mark Toner stated on April 14 that the Administration plans to appoint a Special Envoy. We understand that filling such a position takes time, and there is an organizational review taking place at the Department. However, we
are troubled by reports that the Office to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism will be unstaffed as of July 1st. Continuing the Office is critical to maintain strong U.S. efforts against rising global anti-Semitism.

In addition to Public Law 108-332, Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita Lowey fought to ensure the FY 17 Omnibus contained specific directives to the State Department regarding the Special Envoy, including to fill the position in a “timely manner.”

If you have any questions or wish to sign on, please contact Liz Leibowitz with Ranking Member Nita Lowey at
Liz.Leibowitz@mail.house.gov (x69484) or Nathaniel Hurd at the Helsinki Commission at
Nathaniel.Hurd@mail.house.gov (x54051).
Deadline to sign is COB on Thursday, June 29th.

Sincerely,

Nita M. Lowey                                               Christopher H. Smith

Member of Congress                                   Member of Congress