Summary

                            To require continued and enhanced annual reporting to Congress in the Annual Report on International Religious Freedom on anti-Semitic incidents in Europe, the safety and security of European Jewish communities, and the efforts of the United States to partner with European governments, the European Union, and civil society groups, to combat anti-Semitism, and for other purposes.

Introduced in House
Combating European Anti-Semitism Act

This bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) it is in the U.S. national
interest to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad; (2) there is a need to
ensure the security of European Jewish communities, including synagogues,
schools, and cemeteries; and (3) the United States should continue to emphasize
the importance of combating anti-Semitism in multilateral bodies.

The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 is amended to require the
Department of State's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom to
include, for each European country in which threats or attacks against Jewish
persons, schools, and religious institutions are particularly significant, a
description of: 

 * the security challenges and needs of European Jewish communities and European
   law enforcement agencies; 
 * U.S. efforts to partner with European law enforcement agencies and civil
   society groups to combat anti-Semitic incidents;
 * educational programming and public awareness initiatives that impart values
   of pluralism and tolerance, showcase the positive contributions of Jews, and
   pay special attention to population segments that exhibit a high degree of
   anti-Semitic animus; and 
 * efforts by European governments to adopt and apply a working definition of
   anti-Semitism.

Passed House amended
Combating European Anti-Semitism Act of 2017

 (Sec. 3) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that: (1) it is in the U.S.
national interest to combat anti-Semitism at home and abroad; (2) there is a
need to ensure the security of European Jewish communities, including
synagogues, schools, and cemeteries; (3) the United States should continue to
emphasize the importance of combating anti-Semitism in multilateral bodies; and
(4) the Department of State should continue to document acts of anti-Semitism
and anti-Semitic incitement and encourage adoption by national government
institutions and multilateral institutions of a working definition of
anti-Semitism similar to the one adopted in the International Holocaust
Remembrance Alliance context. 

 (Sec. 4) The International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 is amended to require
the State Department's Annual Report on International Religious Freedom to
include, for each European country in which threats or attacks against Jewish
persons, schools, and religious institutions are particularly significant, a
description of: 

 * the security challenges and needs of European Jewish communities and European
   law enforcement agencies; 
 * U.S. efforts to partner with European law enforcement agencies and civil
   society groups to combat anti-Semitic incidents;
 * educational programming and public awareness initiatives that impart values
   of pluralism and tolerance, showcase the positive contributions of Jews, and
   pay special attention to population segments that exhibit a high degree of
   anti-Semitic animus; and 
 * efforts by European governments to adopt and apply a working definition of
   anti-Semitism.



                        

Actions

  • Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations.

    May 18th, 2017
  • On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4275-4276)

    May 17th, 2017
  • Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

    May 17th, 2017
  • DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 672.

    May 17th, 2017
  • Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4275-4278)

    May 17th, 2017
  • Mr. Royce (CA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.

    May 17th, 2017
  • Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

    May 17th, 2017
  • Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.

    Mar 29th, 2017
  • Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.

    Mar 29th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations.

    Feb 16th, 2017
  • Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017
  • Introduced in House

    Jan 24th, 2017