Senate Overwhelmingly Votes to Keep U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem

97 senators vote in favor of amendment that sets aside funding to maintain embassy, which Biden has set he does not intend to return to Tel Aviv

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Ron Kampeas

The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly voted to keep the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Friday.

It voted 97-3 on an amendment that sets aside funding to maintain the Jerusalem embassy, making it harder to reverse former President Donald Trump’s move of the embassy from Tel Aviv. President Joe Biden has said he does not intend to move the embassy back to Tel Aviv.

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The amendment, co-sponsored by 21 Republicans led by James Inhofe of Oklahoma, was added to the massive $1.9 trillion budget bill the Senate passed as part of Biden’s relief package.

The three senators who voted against were all Democrats: Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Tom Carper of Delaware.

“Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and I am proud to introduce legislation to protect the U.S. Embassy from relocation or being downgraded,” Inhofe said in a statement after the vote.

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