July 24, 2020

HOUSE PASSES MEASURE TO DOUBLE BUDGET OF OFFICE ON ANTISEMITISM

The House of Representatives passed an amendment Thursday evening that would double the funding for the State Department’s Office of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 

The measure, added to the State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations bill as part of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021, was pushed by Reps. Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Max Rose (D-NY). The current budget for the office is $500,000. The full bill is expected to pass the House on Friday. 

In a statement to Jewish Insider, Rose said that the increased funding was especially critical given the rising tide of global antisemitism. “We need to be doing everything we can to fight this threat, and we can’t do it with one hand tied behind our back,” he said. 

Elan Carr, a former prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, has served as the administration’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-semitism since February 2019. 

Last year, the House passed the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act, legislation that would elevate the position of the special envoy to the rank of an ambassador — which would require Senate confirmation — by a 411-1 vote.

“I’ve been proud to support Elan Carr,” Rose said, “and by doubling the resources he has to do his work I’m confident he’ll be able to continue affecting real change.”

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