115th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 169 To counter anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES January 17, 2017 Mr. Rubio (for himself and Mr. Cotton) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To counter anti-Semitism at the United Nations, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Countering Anti- Semitism and Anti-Israel Activities at the United Nations Act of 2017''. SEC. 5. UNITED STATES CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE UNITED NATIONS RELIEF AND WORKS AGENCY FOR PALESTINE REFUGEES IN THE NEAR EAST. (a) In General.--Section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (22 U.S.C. 2221(c)) is amended to read as follows: ``(c) Palestine Refugees; Considerations and Conditions for Furnishing Assistance.--The United States may not provide contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, a successor entity or any related entity, or to the regular budget of the United Nations for the support of UNRWA or a successor entity for programs in the West Bank and Gaza, until the Secretary certifies to the appropriate congressional committees (as defined in section 226) that-- ``(1) no official, employee, consultant, contractor, subcontractor, representative, or affiliate of UNRWA-- ``(A) is a member of Hamas or any United States- designated terrorist group; or ``(B) has propagated, disseminated, or incited anti-Israel, or anti-Semitic rhetoric or propaganda; ``(2) no UNRWA school, hospital, clinic, other facility, or other infrastructure or resource is being used by Hamas or an affiliated group for operations, planning, training, recruitment, fundraising, indoctrination, communications, sanctuary, storage of weapons or other materials, or any other purposes; ``(3) UNRWA is subject to comprehensive financial audits by an internationally recognized third party independent auditing firm and has implemented an effective system of vetting and oversight to prevent the use, receipt, or diversion of any UNRWA resources by Hamas or any United States-designated terrorist group, or their members; and ``(4) no recipient of UNRWA funds or loans is a member of Hamas or any United States-designated terrorist group.''. (b) Sense of Congress.--It is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the President and the Secretary should lead a high- level diplomatic effort to encourage other responsible nations to withhold contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (referred to in this section as ``UNRWA'') to any successor or related entity, or to the regular budget of the United Nations for the support of UNRWA or a successor entity (through staff positions provided by the United Nations Secretariat, or otherwise) until UNRWA has met the conditions listed in subparagraphs (A) through (F) of section 301(c) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as added by subsection (a); (2) citizens of recognized states should be removed from UNRWA's jurisdiction; (3) UNRWA's definition of a ``Palestine refugee'' should be changed to that used for a refugee by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and (4) it should be the goal of the United States to eliminate UNRWA and give the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees full responsibility for Palestine refugees (as defined by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). (c) Report.--The Secretary of State shall-- (1)(A) fulfill the reporting requirement relating to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency under the Protracted Refugee Situations subheading in Senate Report 112-172, as referenced under the Migration and Refugee Assistance heading in Senate Report 113-81 and Senate Report 113-195; and (B) publish an unclassified version of the report not later than 60 days after the date of the enactment of this Act; or (2) if the Secretary is unable to fulfill the requirement under paragraph (1), submit a written justification to the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives that describes the specific reasons why such requirement cannot be met.