Sen. Mike Lee(R-UT) introduced a concurrent resolution today reaffirming Congress’s position that the United States should be represented by a single diplomatic mission in Jerusalem. The Biden Administration has previously stated its intent to create a consulate general in Jerusalem dedicated to Palestinian affairs. The 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed into law by Congressional supermajority recognizes that Jerusalem is the undivided capital of Israel and the U.S. embassy to Israel should be in Jerusalem.
Senator Lee’s resolution states Congress’s opposition to any establishment of a separate U.S. diplomatic office for Palestinian affairs within Jerusalem and expresses that such a plan violates the intent of current U.S. law and is an affront to a U.S. ally and therefore should not move forward in the absence of congressional authorization.
Regarding the resolution, Sen. Lee said, “Congress has made clear for decades that the U.S. embassy in Israel should be in Jerusalem. Now, after we have made the historic and legally required move, President Biden risks upsetting allies, a delicate diplomatic balance, and the authority of the law. This resolution will reassert Congress’s clear position that the U.S. embassy should be in Jerusalem and it should not be divided.”
Sen. Lee is joined in this effort by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Rick Scott (R-FL), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Steve Daines (R-WY), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Roger Marshall (R-KS), John Hoeven (R-ND), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and John Boozman (R-AR) as cosponsors.
To read a one-pager on the resolution, click HERE.