This evening, Congressman Ron Klein (D-FL) and Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN), co-chairs of the Bipartisan Congressional Taskforce Against Anti-Semitism, will lead 25 of their colleagues on a tour of the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington.
Klein and Pence arranged the tour for Members of Congress and their families to experience the power of the Holocaust Memorial Museum and its message of “never again” first-hand. As a part of their tour tonight, the Congressional delegation will honor the memory of Officer Stephen T. Johns, the security guard who was shot and killed at the museum earlier this year.
“A fundamental part of our mission at the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism is to raise awareness among our Congressional colleagues about anti-Semitism, wherever it may exist in the world,” Klein said. “Tonight’s visit to the Holocaust Museum will fulfill that mission in the most powerful fashion, as 25 Members of Congress and their families will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the transformative impact of this memorial and museum. We will also pay our respects to Officer Stephen Johns, whose tragic death this year reminds us that we must fight anti-Semitism with constant vigilance, even in our own backyard.”
“The Holocaust Memorial Museum is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Holocaust and it is an essential experience for any visitor to our nation’s capital and certainly for every Member of Congress,” Pence said. “Through the Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism and events such as the tour tonight, we re-affirm our commitment as a Congress and a nation to standing against hatred and honoring the lives lost at the hand of unchecked intolerance and anti-Semitism.”
Tonight’s tour will take place following votes in the U.S. House, from approximately 7:15 - 9:15 PM.