Legislation authored by Rep. Christopher Smith (R-Hamilton) that would provide the rank of Ambassador for the State Department’s Anti-Semitism Special Envoy is now headed to President Donald Trump’s desk.
Smith’s bill passed the House today and has already been approved by the Senate.
“My new law will raise the Special Envoy to the rank of Ambassador and enable him or her to report directly to the Secretary of State,” said Smith. “That will give the Special Envoy more seniority and diplomatic access—both inside the U.S. Government and when engaging foreign governments—that is needed do the job effectively.”
Part of Smith’s proposal is a requirement that the president quickly nominate a now-strengthened Special Envoy.
“We’ve seen a rapid rise in anti-Semitic acts and rhetoric in many countries over the past decade: Jews harassed, assaulted and even murdered; synagogues attacked; graves and cemeteries desecrated; anti-Semitic slurs; and targeting the State of Israel with what my friend, the great Soviet refusenik and religious prisoner Natan Sharansky, calls the ‘three Ds’– demonization, double-standard, and de-legitimization,” Smith said in a statement released on Thursday.
The Senate version of Smith’s bill was sponsored by Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jackie Rosen (D-Nevada) and Kristen Gillibrand (D-New York).
Smith, who will take the oath of office for his 21st term in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sunday, will become the longest-serving congressman in New Jersey history. He will appear on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour on 77 WABC on Saturday afternoon.