Anti-Semitism Awareness Act of 2016

December 1, 2016
December 1, 2016
Passed in Senate

This bill would require the Dept. of Education to consider anti-Semitism when reviewing alleged violations of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibited discrimination based on race, color, or national origin in programs receiving federal assistance. S. 10 cited the definition of anti-Semitism set forth in a 6/8/10 State Dept. fact sheet (released by the department’s special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism), which specified efforts to delegitimize or demonize Israel as contemporary examples.

Critics of the bill argued that it would facilitate censorship of anti-Israel protests and actions on U.S. college campuses.

After this bill passed in the Senate on 12/1/16, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) stalled its passage through the House over concerns about its First Amendment implications. Senate and House leaders planned to reintroduce it in 2017, during the first session of the 115th Congress.

4 cosponsors (3D, 1R).

See also: identical bill H.R. 6421 of 12/1/16.

Last major action: 12/1/16 passed in Senate by unanimous consent.

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