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New Congress Bill To Freeze State Department Funds Until Embassy Moved To Jerusalem

This is big.

A delegation of Republican senators is moving forward with an effort to freeze some funding to the State Department until the U.S. embassy in Israel is formally moved to Jerusalem, according to new legislation.

The legislation comes as the Obama administration continues to face criticism over its behind-the-scenes effort to forward a United Nations resolution condemning Israel.

The Obama administration, like previous administrations, does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city and has worked to stymie efforts to move the U.S. embassy there.

While Congress first approved legislation to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem in 1995, the new bill threatens to cut State Department funding until the relocation is complete.

The effort is being spearheaded by Sens. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), and Dean Heller (R., Nev.), all of whom support efforts by the incoming Trump administration to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem after years of debate.

“Jerusalem is the eternal and undivided capital of Israel,” Cruz said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the Obama administration’s vendetta against the Jewish state has been so vicious that to even utter this simple truth—let alone the reality that Jerusalem is the appropriate venue for the American embassy in Israel—is shocking in some circles.”

“But it is finally time to cut through the double-speak and broken promises and do what Congress said we should do in 1995: formally move our embassy to the capital of our great ally Israel,” Cruz said.

The legislation orders the White House to identify Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which the Obama administration has refused to do. The bill will freeze a significant portion of the State Department’s funding until it completes the relocation.

You can read the press release on Marco Rubio’s site here.

4 thoughts on “New Congress Bill To Freeze State Department Funds Until Embassy Moved To Jerusalem”

  1. Norman_In_New_York

    In 17 days, Obama and his merry crew will be outta here and Trump is likely to sign the bill into law once it reaches him.

  2. Norman_In_New_York

    In other news from Capitol Hill, Congress is also legislating to designate the Muslim Brotherhood and its domestic branches a terrorist organization. Obama may have promised hope and change, but Trump is delivering and he hasn’t even taken the oath of office yet.

  3. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    Waiting for the usual suspects to tell us this is another example of Israel’s supposed interference in US governance.

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