UPDATED 10:14 AM PT – Friday, February 5, 2021
The Senate overwhelmingly passed an amendment to keep the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem permanently. The measure was passed with near unanimous support late Thursday with 97 senators voting in favor.
While President Trump was first to implement the decades old proposition to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, congressional approval shields the measure from reversal by future administrations.
97-3, Senate agreed to Inhofe #SAmdt786 to #SConRes5; To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to maintaining the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel. Rollcall Vote #30 https://t.co/SOmYJ3Dv4t
— U.S. Senate Floor (@SenateFloor) February 5, 2021
While Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) voted against the move, GOP lawmakers argued this law should not be controversial.
“It’s been our position in the United States for 25 years, Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and we should have our embassy in Jerusalem,” stated Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.). “This is not controversial; in 1995 the same amendment was 93 to 5, in 2017 it was 90 to 0.”
Hagerty added, the measure contributes to the recognition of Jerusalem as the “eternal and indivisible” capital of Israel, which is paving the way for peace across the region.
The Trump Admin. kept its promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the eternal and indivisible capital of the Jewish State of Israel & it should remain there. pic.twitter.com/ytVY5manxi
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) February 5, 2021