A bipartisan bill to elevate the status of the U.S. envoy on anti-Semitism passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 31—one of the last bills to pass the 116th Congress.

The Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Act now awaits U.S. President Donald Trump’s signature into law.

If enacted, it would upgrade the status of the special envoy for monitoring and combating anti-Semitism, a position at the U.S. State Department, to an ambassadorship, thereby requiring U.S. Senate confirmation.

The president would be required to fill the position within 90 days.

Having been vacant at the start of the Trump administration, the special envoy was designated in February 2019 with the appointment of Iraq war veteran and attorney Elan Carr.


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