Washington, D.C. - Today, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor of the bipartisan Antisemitism Awareness Act to require the Department of Education to use the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA)’s working definition of antisemitism and its contemporary examples when enforcing anti-discrimination laws.

“I’m proud to support this important legislation that will protect our brave Jewish students who are watching their campuses be taken over by unsanctioned mobs of antisemites by requiring the Department of Education to use the IHRA definition of antisemitism when enforcing anti-discrimination laws. This bipartisan bill based on a Trump-era Executive Order will force the failed leadership of universities, like Columbia and Harvard, to finally crack down on antisemitic violence and harassment against Jewish students and community members on their campuses,” said Congresswoman Elise Stefanik.

The IHRA definition of antisemitism includes modern manifestations of antisemitism like justifying the killing of Jews and holding Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel. 

In December 2019, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order asking federal agencies to expand the interpretation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include the IHRA’s definition of antisemitism.