Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Applauds House Passage of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act

September 13, 2018
Press Release
Lowey-backed legislation would elevate Special Envoy position to rank of ambassador and mandate prompt appointment of position by Trump Administration.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, applauded U.S. House passage of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act of 2018 (H.R. 1911), bipartisan legislation to require the prompt appointment of the Special Envoy position by the Administration and to elevate the position to the rank of ambassador. Lowey is an original cosponsor of the legislation.

“Today, the House sent a clear signal to the Administration that the U.S. must remain a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “As anti-Semitism continues to rise around the globe, it is more important than ever that we have a strong, qualified leader in this role.”

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State is tasked with spearheading the country’s important diplomatic efforts in the fight against anti-Semitism. The position has been vacant since the beginning of the Trump Administration.

Since early 2017, Congresswoman Lowey has led multiple efforts to urge the Administration to fill the Special Envoy position as quickly as possible. Additionally, the Omnibus Appropriations bills for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 included directives, authored by Lowey – a co-chair of the House Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism – urging the Administration to prioritize the appointment of the position and to provide funding for the efforts of the Special Envoy and his or her Office.