Letter Signed by More than 100 House Members and Senators Follows Recent Wave Of Antisemitic Remarks By Prominent Public Figures And Statistics Showing Antisemitism In The United States Is At An All-Time High
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV), joined by Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and Representatives Kathy Manning (D-NC) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), co-chairs of the Senate and House Bipartisan Task Forces for Combating Antisemitism, led 122 colleagues in the Senate and House in a letter to President Biden calling for the development of a unified national strategy to monitor and combat antisemitism and ensure closer interagency coordination, with the goal of adopting a whole-of-government approach.
With antisemitism rising in the United States and across the globe, the lawmakers highlighted that closer interagency cooperation is needed to share best practices, data, and intelligence; identify gaps in efforts; and execute a unified national strategy.
“As members of the House and Senate Bipartisan Task Forces for Combating Antisemitism, we write to urge you to ensure leaders working within your Administration are working together to execute a unified national strategy to monitor and combat antisemitism,” wrote the lawmakers. “With Jewish communities worldwide facing increasing discrimination, as well as threats and acts violence, we believe a whole-of-government approach is needed to effectively address the scourge of antisemitism.”
“We welcome the measures the Administration has taken thus far to address antisemitism. However, combating a growing threat of this magnitude, particularly here at home, requires a strategic, whole-of-government approach,” continued the senators. “Because many individual agencies play a critical role in combating antisemitism, closer coordination is needed to share best practices, data, and intelligence; identify gaps in efforts; streamline overlapping activities and roles; and execute a unified national strategy.”
The full letter can be found here.
Senator Rosen has been a leader in the fight to combat antisemitism. Earlier last month, Senator Rosen secured the support of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and FBI Director Christopher Wray on creating a national strategy to combat antisemitism. Recently, she joined Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for a meeting with high-level administration officials and organizations working to combat antisemitism. Senator Rosen founded the first-ever Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Antisemitism along with Senator James Lankford (R-OK).