Grothman Reacts to Jerusalem Embassy Opening

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Washington, May 14, 2018 | comments

Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-Glenbeulah) today released the following statement on the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

“I am very pleased that the United States has moved its embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.”

“This move has been a bipartisan wish of Congress for a long time.”

“I can think of no other sovereign country that has had to put up with the indignant treatment of not being allowed to place an embassy in their capital city.”

“Jerusalem was the capital of Israel 2,500 year ago. It is long overdue to recognize it as the capital today and I thank President Trump for keeping his campaign promise to do so.”

Background

In an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion, Congress voted in 1995 to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital and to move the U.S. embassy there from Tel-Aviv.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act passed the Senate (93-5) and the House (374-37), becoming law in 1995. Past presidents have used a national-security waiver allowed for in the bill to delay moving the embassy up until this point.

The U.S. Embassy officially opened on May 14, 2018.

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U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman is serving his second term representing Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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