March 16, 2011 Congressional representatives are circulating a bill that would strip the president of his power to waive a law requiring him to move the embassy to Jerusalem. The bill is sponsored by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), the chairman of the House's Europe Subcommittee, is also backed by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), the chairman of the House Middle East Subcommittee.
Thus far the bill has 10 Republican sponsors and two Democrats, including Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.).
President Obama, like his predecessors Bush and Clinton, has consistently invoked the national security waiver in the 1995 law that first required such a move. A law removing such a waiver likely would be ignored by the White House as unconstitutionally challenging the president's executive prerogative in setting foreign policy.