Watch the Senator’s Remarks Here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, released the following statement after her bipartisan resolution condemning antisemitism passed the Senate by voice vote. Prior to Senate passage of the resolution, Senator Rosen spoke on the Senate floor, denouncing recent antisemitic attacks, and calling for this resolution to receive an immediate vote. The bipartisan resolution, introduced by Senators Rosen (D-NV) and Lankford (R-OK)and co-sponsored by nearly three-quarters of the Senate, recommits the Senate to combating antisemitism in all forms, voices solidarity with those affected by antisemitism, urges the President to take specific actions to address antisemitism, and calls on elected officials, faith leaders, and civil society leaders to denounce and combat all manifestations of antisemitism.
“As antisemitism surges in the United States and around the world, we must do all that we can to put a stop to these hateful actions,” said Senator Rosen. “We, as Members of Congress, along with faith and community leaders have a responsibility to speak out and take action against antisemitism and other forms of hate for the safety of our neighbors, our friends, and our loved ones. I am glad that the Senate passed this bipartisan resolution that Senator Lankford and I introduced. which in addition to condemning recent acts of antisemitism, also calls on the President to nominate a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, fully implement the Never Again Education Act to advance accurate Holocaust education, and request sufficient funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program. Tonight, the Senate spoke out in one voice to condemn recent acts of antisemitism and to recommit to preventing future antisemitic violence and harassment.”
BACKGROUND: The full resolution can be viewed here.
In addition to Senators Rosen and Lankford, there are 72 other co-sponsors, 36 Democrats and 36 Republicans. They include Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Tom Carper (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Mark Kelly (D-AZ), John Cornyn (R-TX), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Steve Daines (R-MT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Ed Markey (D-MA), John Hoeven (R-ND), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Mike Braun (R-IN), Angus King (I-ME), John Boozman (R-AR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Alex Padilla (D-CA), John Thune (R-ND), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Jack Reed (D-RI), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chris Coons (D-DE), John Kennedy (R-LA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Bob Casey (D-PA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Mike Rounds (R-SD), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Patty Murray (D-WA), Todd Young (D-IN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Shelby (R-AL), Mark Warner (D-VA), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Tina Smith (D-MN), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Jon Ossoff (D-FA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Sherrod Brown (R-OH).
The resolution is backed by numerous organizations including Agudath Israel of America, American Jewish Committee, American Jewish Congress, Anti-Defamation League, B’nai B’rith International, Christians United for Israel, Combat Antisemitism Movement, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Hadassah – The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., HIAS, J Street, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Labor Committee, Jewish Women International, National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry, National Council of Jewish Women, Rabbinical Assembly, Reconstructing Judaism, Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, Simon Wiesenthal Center, Union for Reform Judaism, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, World Jewish Congress, and Zionist Organization of America.
In 2019, Senators Rosen and Lankford launched the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism.
In January 2020, Senators Rosen, Lankford, Cardin (D-MD), Cramer (R-ND), and Menendez (D-NJ) introduced a bipartisan resolution commemorating the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by Allied Forces during World War II. That resolution later passed the Senate.
On April 20, 2021, Senators Rosen and Lankford led 22 of their Senate colleagues in a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to expeditiously nominate a qualified Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism in order to confront the rising level of anti-Semitism worldwide.
On May 21, 2021 Senators Rosen and Lankford, co-founders and co-chairs of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, and Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), two founding co-chairs of the House Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, released a statement condemning the surge in antisemitic incidents in the United States and around the world.
In May of 2020, the Never Again Education Act was signed into law. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senator Rosen, established a dedicated federal fund through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide teachers with resources and training necessary to teach our students the important lessons of the Holocaust.