ANC of Washington State Welcomes Cosponsorship Support of Congressman Dave Reichert

MERCER ISLAND, Wash.– The Armenian National Committee of Washington State welcomed the cosponsorship support of Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA-08) for H. Res. 106, the Armenian Genocide Resolution. Congressman Reichert joins over 185 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives as a cosponsor of H. Res. 106. The numbers of cosponsors continue to grow as Congress nears the end of its two-week recess. Congressman Reichert serves as Representative from the Eighth Congressional District of Washington. As a Representative, Cong. Reichert serves on three committees: Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure and Science and Technology. Congressman Reichert has a leadership role in the Committee on Homeland Security, and serves as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment. Local action by ANC WA activists and area constituents crystallized in the form of a district meeting held in the Congressman’s local Mercer Island, WA district office on March 16, 2007. This district meeting, supplemented by constituent calls, webfaxes and a Capitol Hill meeting between ANCA-WR Executive Director Andrew Kzirian and Congressman Reicherts Foreign Affairs Legislative Aide Kim Trinh culminated in the Congressman’s agreement to cosponsor H. Res. 106. The Mercer Island district meeting, which was initiated by local activists with the Congressman’s district office, allowed for staff to become more informed about issues of concern to the Armenian American community. The ANC WA thanked Congressman Reichert in a letter addressed to his office shortly after discovering the Congressman’s decision to support H. Res. 106. The ANC of Washington looks forward to continuing its relationship with Congressman Reicherts office, stated ANC WA Chairman Armen Abrahamian. The meeting was an exercise in civic responsibility and we will strive to reach out to more members of the Armenian American community here in Washington State, he added. We are extremely pleased to learn of Congressman Reicherts agreement to cosponsor H. Res. 106, stated Kzirian. Constituents and local ANC activists everywhere across the Western United States are doing their part to inform Congressional staffers and raise awareness on issues of concern to the community, added Kzirian.

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