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Lawmakers urge Trump not to cut anti-Semitism monitor at State Department

Mar 14, 2017
Joel Gehrke

Key House lawmakers warned President Trump on Monday that he should not cut an office that monitors anti-Semitism when he proposes deep cuts to the State Department this week.
"We view U.S. leadership on combating anti-Semitism and promoting human rights as pivotal components of American diplomacy and foreign policy," Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., and New York Rep. Eliot Engel, the top Democrat, wrote in a Monday letter to the president.

A combination of factors could put the post on the chopping block. Trump is expected to cut the State Department budget by as much as 37 percent, in order to help pay for military spending increases. Those prospective spending cuts lend urgency to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's desire to reform the department's bureaucracy in ways that might make it more efficient.

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