The Armenian National Committee (ANC) of Rhode Island has begun a “summer district outreach” initiative to reach out to its federal delegation. On June 24, a dinner meeting with Congressman James Langevin and representatives of the ANC-RI took place on Providence’s Historic Federal Hill.
Langevin, a Democrat, represents Rhode Island’s second district, and has been a long time supporter and friend to the Armenian community. He has received the ANC-RI’s endorsement in every election since being elected in 2000. He is a ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and serves on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
The June 24 discussion centered on U.S. recognition of the genocide, including H.Res. 227—the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution, currently before the House—as well as aid to Armenia and Artsakh. The ANC-RI briefed the Congressman on the committee’s upcoming initiatives and programs, and preparation for the 2014 election cycle.
“I want to thank the Armenian National Committee of Rhode Island for a lively dinner discussion and for their continued support,” said Langevin. “As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, it is important that we reflect on that tragedy and recognize the strong spirit of the Armenian community. I hope my colleagues in the House will approve the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution this year.”