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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

15_H114 on Jan 6, 2015

Bill Sponsorship: H.R.114 & S.117
Source: Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act
Congressional Summary: States that it is US policy to recognize Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel, and that the US Embassy in Israel should be established in Jerusalem by 2017.

Supporters reasons for voting YEA: (Times of Israel ): Congressional legislation would force the Obama administration to change longstanding US policy and move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The bill challenges presidential authority on a key foreign policy question. The bill strikes the language in the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 that gave the president waiver authority to delay the move. Every president since Bill Clinton has signed a presidential waiver every six months in order to keep the embassy in Tel Aviv, citing concerns that a move to Jerusalem would upset the prospects for a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1980, but the US, like all other countries, maintains its embassy in Tel Aviv.

Opponents reasons for voting NAY: (The Morning Call, April 16, 1984) The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and the National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA) have begun a "multifaceted protest" opposing moving the US. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel annexed East Jerusalem from Jordan after capturing it in the 1967 war but assured free access to religious shrines. The nations of the Arab League argue that the Israelis are in Jerusalem as an "army of occupation" and they have never recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. One compromise would be the placement of the American Consulate in Jerusalem with the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv. Secretary of State George P. Shultz cautioned that a relocation "would fan Islamic extremism, possibly inciting a wave of violence against our citizens, diplomats and installations in the region." Also see equivalent Senate bill S.117 and 1995 version.
Updated to include 2017 version, H.R.265


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14. Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Foreign Policy
  • Headline: Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 5.
  • Headline: Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap (Answer: B)
  • Headline 2: Move US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem; recognize as cap (Answer: A)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 5 on Foreign Policy: When you think about the US pursuing its interests abroad, which of the following is closest to your opinion?
    • A: The US should always act in its own interest regardless of what other countries think
    • B: The US should rarely listen to other countries
    • C: The US should listen to other countries more often than not
    • D: The US should always listen to other countries before pursuing its own interests
    • E: Unsure


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  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 15_H114

Brad Sherman s1oCalifornia DemocratJan 20, 2015



Republicans participating in 15_H114

Brian Babin s1oTexas Republican House MemberFeb 10, 2015
Chris Collins s1oNew York RepublicanJan 26, 2015
Paul Cook s1oCalifornia RepublicanJan 12, 2015
Jeff Duncan s1oSouth Carolina RepublicanJan 20, 2015
Scott Garrett s2pNew Jersey Republican
Morgan Griffith s1oVirginia RepublicanJan 21, 2015
Doug Lamborn s1oColorado RepublicanJan 14, 2015
Leonard Lance s1oNew Jersey RepublicanJan 20, 2015
David McKinley s1oWest Virginia RepublicanJan 20, 2015
Ted Poe s1oTexas RepublicanJan 28, 2015
Austin Scott s1oGeorgia RepublicanFeb 13, 2015
Pat Tiberi s1oOhio RepublicanJan 20, 2015
Randy Weber s1oTexas RepublicanJan 20, 2015
Bruce Westerman s1oArkansas Republican House MemberFeb 2, 2015



Independents participating in 15_H114



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 1
Republicans: 14
Independents: 0


















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