May 01, 2024


Washington, DC – “Today I voted against H.R. 6090,the Antisemitism Awareness Act, a bill that purports to combat antisemitism at institutions of higher education. 

“Antisemitism on campus is a serious threat to the Jewish community; however, H.R. 6090 does not adequately address antisemitism. By singling out higher education and codifying a single definition of antisemitism into lawwhile explicitly excluding all others,itcouldbe used to punish constitutionally protected speech. This would create a dangerous precedent.

“House Republicans refuse to take meaningful steps to combat antisemitism, and I urge them to prioritize real action to combat hate, rather than continue to weaponize Jewish students' legitimate concerns of antisemitism for their own political aspirations.

“Let me be clear: I unequivocally condemn all forms of antisemitism, and I am appalled by the significant rise in antisemitism we’ve seen in recent years and especially after Hamas’ October 7th terrorist attacks on Israel. If House Republicans were serious about tackling antisemitism, they would support President Biden’s National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism, quit trying to defund the Office of Civil Rights for Title VI enforcement and increase funding for the High-Risk Nonprofit Grant Program to secure Jewish institutions. H.R. 6090 fails todo any of these things.

“We need to put forth real solutions that tackle rising antisemitism, rather than continue to play these political games. I am proud to cosponsor H.R. 7921, the Countering Antisemitism Act, whichwill establish a National Coordinator to Counter Antisemitismand create a planto implementthe U.S. National Strategy to Counter Antisemitism. The Countering Antisemitism Act has real actions to combat antisemitism and ensure the safety of the Jewish community.”