Reps Engel, Van Hollen, Lowey, and Waxman Co-Sponsor HRes227

Senior Members of House Back Passage of Measure Urging ‘Fair, Just, and Comprehensive International Resolution’ of Turkey’s Crime of Genocide

WASHINGTON—Senior Congressional leaders serving on key foreign policy and appropriations panels have lent their support to a groundbreaking human rights measure that seeks improved Armenian-Turkish ties based upon Turkey’s acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide and a just international resolution of this still unpunished crime, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).

Rep. Chris Van Hollen
Rep. Chris Van Hollen

Among the top House Committee leaders supporting H.Res.227, the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution, are Representatives Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), the chairman of the Financial Markets Subcommittee on Capital Markets; Rush Holt (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy; Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the ranking member on the Appropriations Committee; Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water and Power; Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade; Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.), the chief deputy whip; Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.), the vice ranking member on the Budget Committee; Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism; John Tierney (D-Mass.), the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security; Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Budget Committee; and Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Introduced and spearheaded by Congressmen David Valadao (R-Calif.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), and Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) in May of this year, the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution reflects and reinforces previous U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide as a crime of genocide, citing the U.S. government’s May 28, 1951 written statement to the International Court of Justice regarding the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide; President Ronald Reagan’s April 22, 1981 Proclamation; and Congressional adoption of Armenian Genocide legislation in 1975 and 1984.

H.Res.227 builds on the record of past U.S. executive and legislative branch affirmation of this crime, and calls on “the president to work toward equitable, constructive, stable, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgment of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide, and a fair, just, and comprehensive international resolution of this crime against humanity.”

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian discussed the very real, modern-day consequences of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide—and international community inaction in the face of that denial. “Turkey’s obstruction of justice has, over the course of nearly a century, allowed Ankara to consolidate its hold on the genocidal gains of its crimes against the Armenian people, blocking the return to the Armenian nation of key elements—indispensable elements—of viability that long sustained the Armenian people on their ancient homeland,” he explained. “This denial poisons Armenian-Turkish relations, fosters wave after wave of anti-Armenian intolerance within Turkey, threatens Armenia’s and Artsakh’s security, and, of course, fuels regional tensions.”

Prominent supporters of this bipartisan measure also include the two Members of Congress of Armenian heritage, Congresswomen Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care and Entitlements, as well as Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, and Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), the co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.), Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.) , David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Joe Courtney (D-Conn.), Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), Janice Hahn (D-Calif.), James Langevin (D-R.I.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Grace Meng (D-N.Y.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), John Sarbanes (D-Md.), and Dina Titus (D-Nev.).

Armenian Americans across the country are reaching out to their U.S. Representatives during their annual August recess to educate and advocate in support of H.Res.227, as part of a broad range of issues of concern to the community. To send a free ANCA Webmail, visit

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  1. Why is this news? Parochially pandering congressmen have been pandering to special interests groups forever. Nothing will come out of their latest initiatives… other than ANCA “justifying” its existence to its donors. Doomed efforts such as these are much easier to brandish than showing a real help for Armenia’s long-term prosperity.

    Besides, come on guys! You cannot even protect the borders of your Little Armenia … what are you going to do with the Bigger Armenia? Will you invite Russians to protect its borders for you too? One thing you should have learned from the tragedy of the Genocide is that one should never rely on other nations for survival. If you must, then that is fine, but be then careful about making even bigger enemies of the Other Big guy on the block. SOmetimes Armenia reminds me of a little bully spewing out threats, from the safety of the behind of an older cousin’s legs. If you really are not afraid of Azerbaijan and Turkey, why are you hiding there? Come out as a man! And don’t be too proud of Karabak War I. The past is past. As for future … well, you have that 50 year agreement with Russia. That proves fear and cowardice.

    One thing I am hoping for is that this Snowden fiasco will cause US to be more anti-Russia, with some consquences for Russia’s role in Caucasus. McCain has already called for Georgia to be in NATO. And watch for Iran … When the war starts there, the whole regional chess-board might get reshuffled, with Russia’s influence squeezed out of Caucasus as one side effect. Then you are in major trouble … with powerful enemies and no friends left around.

    In sum, go and fight your own fights with Turkey. Don’t try to get US and Russia do it for you.

  2. Here are my questions:
    Are these Congressional sponsors sincere? Will they publicly criticize President Obama and SOS John Kerry and hold their feet to to the fire? How about UN Ambassador Samantha Power? Or are the sponsors just “going through the motions” once again? I think I know the answers to these questions.

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