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Rep. Tom Graves, House Reaffirms ‘Unbreakable Bond’ with Israel

Washington, November 16, 2017 - Yesterday, the House unanimously approved Rep. Tom Graves’ (R-GA-14) bipartisan legislation (H.Con.Res. 92) recognizing the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. The Balfour Declaration was statement issued by the British Government in 1917, during World War I, affirming the right of the Jewish people to a national home. It helped lay the groundwork for the eventual founding of the State of Israel.

After the House approved H.Con.Res. 92, Rep. Graves submitted the following statement for the congressional record: 

Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Resolution, which was one of the most pivotal moments in the founding of the state of Israel.

Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved a bipartisan resolution that I introduced with several of my colleagues to recognize this truly historic anniversary. 

Passage of this resolution reaffirms our unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel – a bond this administration is committed to guarding and strengthening.  Israel was the first country President Trump visited after he took office, and Vice President Pence is traveling to Israel next month, making this this resolution especially timely.

As the Vice President works on several important issues on his trip, this resolution sends a clear message that the U.S. House strongly supports our national partnership, the Vice President’s trip and the nation of Israel.  

Again, I want to thank my colleagues for their unanimous support of this resolution.

I yield back.

Click HERE to read the legislation.

Additionally, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) introduced similar legislation in the Senate, S.Con.Res. 29.


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