“While U.S. officials supported the constitutional reform process,” the GAO added, “we found no indication that U.S. officials took a public position on the proposed constitution’s abortion-related provisions or directly attempted to influence the text of the provisions.”
Separately, Cantor lambasted the administration for refusing to record “Israel” as the place of birth on passports for U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem upon request. Congress requires the State Department do so under the 2003 Foreign Relations Authorization Act, but both the Obama and George W. Bush administrations have refused to implement the provision because it would violate long-standing U.S. policy about not recognizing sovereignty over Jerusalem, be it by Israel, Jordan or the Palestinians.
The status of Jerusalem has become a campaign issue, with GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney vowing to call the disputed holy city the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there from Tel Aviv if he's elected. Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, has been one of the most vocal critics of Obama's reluctance to call Jerusalem the capital during the campaign.