Genocide Resolution Awaits Scheduling by Speaker

WASHINGTON–According to sources on Capitol Hill–the Armenian Genocide Resolution-H.Res.596–remains to be scheduled by House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert for consideration by the full House. As the House works against the clock to complete unfinished business before the adjournment of the 106th Congress–Speaker Hastert is expected to schedule the Armenian Genocide Resolution before the end of the week.

Also–as reports indicate from various political circles–the Genocide Resolution enjoys bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and through the work of the coalition of organizations–which includes the Armenian National Committee of America and the Armenian Assembly–many more Members of Congress have become advocates for the issue.

ANCA-WR Executive Director Alex Sardar–who is on Capitol Hill for a number of key meetings–explained that–"?the Genocide Resolution evidently has the necessary support to come to the floor for passage. This is apparent by the amount of effort and resources exerted by the opposing side of this resolution."

In recent days–reports have indicated that in addition to the Turkish–oil–and defense lobbies and number of public officials have lent their voice in opposing the important human rights measure.

"It seems that the folks on the opposing side of the resolution are seriously concerned with amount of support and the number of votes in favor of this resolution–so to have this resolution be considered and passed by the full House–is what the Armenian-American community should be asking for of their public officials," said Sardar.

The Armenian National Committee of America-Western Region continues its efforts of mobilization on the local level. Since the beginning of this week–the ANCA-WR offices have been inundated with calls from community members asking to be included on petitions to Speaker Hastert’s office–as well as to their Members of Congress.

"The Armenian American community must keep pushing for a vote on the Armenian Genocide Resolution and remain vigilant in the face of the million-dollar lobbies," Sardar said.

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