ANC PAC Discusses Armenian Genocide Bills with Congressman Henry Waxman

LOS ANGELES–Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) said during a December 1 meeting with the Armenian National Committee–Political Action Committee (ANC-PAC) that a vote on Armenian genocide legislation must be scheduled on the floor of the US House of Representatives.

Twin pieces of legislation recognizing the Armenian genocide–authored independently by Congressmen George Radanovich (R-CA) and Adam Schiff (D-CA)–were overwhelmingly passed by the House International Relations Committee on September 15–2005. These bills are now awaiting Republican House leaders to order them to a vote on the House floor.

"Congressman Waxman understands that the denial of the Armenian genocide only serves to make our world a more dangerous one," commented ANC-PAC Chairman Leonard Manoukian. "As Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel once remarked–the denial of genocide represents a double killing. That is why we need to put an end to Turkey’s immoral Genocide denial campaign and why the ANC-PAC is proud of Congressman Waxman’s full support for coming to terms with the historical fact of the Armenian genocide," Manoukian added.

Congresswoman Waxman–who has been an active member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues–received a "B+" in his annual ANCA Congressional Report Card. He has long been an active member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and has served as a host of the ANCA’s Annual Genocide Observance held on Capitol Hill.

Congressman Waxman is a cosponsor of HR 316–an Armenian genocide bill sponsored by Fresno area Congressman George Radanovich (R-CA). That bill was adopted by a margin of 40 to 7 by the House International Relations Committee. He is also a cosponsor of HCR 195–legislation introduced by his Southland colleague Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) that marks the Armenian genocide. The House International Relations Committee approved this bill by a margin of 35 to 11 earlier this year.

Henry A. Waxman represents California’s 30th Congressional District–which includes the complete cities of Santa Monica–Beverly Hills–Agoura Hills–Calabasas–Hidden Hills–Malibu–Westlake Village–and West Hollywood–as well as such areas of Los Angeles as Beverly-Fairfax–Pacific Palisades–Brentwood–Beverlywood–Topanga–Agoura–Chatsworth–and Westwood.

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