Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Statement on Appointment of Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism

February 5, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester), Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, released the following statement on the appointment of Elan Carr as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism at the U.S. Department of State:

“After a two-year vacancy, the Trump Administration is long overdue in appointing a Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. 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. I am hopeful that Mr. Carr is the right person to spearhead our diplomatic efforts against threats to the world’s Jewish communities and that he will work with Congress to ensure that the U.S. remains a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism.”

The Special Envoy position had been vacant since the beginning of the Trump Administration. Congresswoman Lowey, a co-chair of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, 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, 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.