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NRSC Quietly Abandons Protest Of Vatican Embassy 'Closure'

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"The media is reporting that President Obama plans to close the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican," the page read. "This is just the latest anti-religion pursuit of this Administration, a slap in the face to Catholic-Americans around the country that weakens America’s position as a global leader."

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) joined the NRSC's condemnation, wondering on Twitter if the purported closure was the White House's "retribution for Catholic organizations opposing Obamacare."

But the embassy isn't actually closing. It's re-locating to a larger U.S. compound in Rome, a move that will save more than $1.4 million and bolster security. Vatican officials even dismissed the re-location as a non-issue.

A CNN fact check labeled the NRSC's claim "misleading" and a senior State Department official told UPI that there has been a "series of myths" associated with the embassy re-location.

The NRSC did not respond to TPM's request for comment.