ANCA-WR Presses Speaker Pelosi To Bring H. Res. 252 To Floor Vote

ANCA-WR leaders with Pelosi and Sherman

BURBANK—Members and supporters of the Armenian National Committee of America Western Region met with Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi this week during a fundraiser hosted in the City of Burbank, where they pressed the Speaker for a floor vote on House Resolution 252—the Armenian Genocide Resolution – and stressed that the House Democratic Leadership is expected to advance this important human rights legislation.

During the program, Speaker Pelosi offered remarks about the importance of having a statement of recognition of the Armenian Genocide and spoke forcefully about asserting American values. Pelosi stressed that geography should never undermine America’s best values.

The Speaker noted that many presidential candidates have proclaimed their commitment to properly acknowledging the Armenian Genocide but have withdrawn from their commitment upon taking office. She noted that in order to have any moral authority to talk about humanity and the genocides in Rwanda, Darfur or anywhere else, the United States must properly acknowledge the Armenian Genocide. She added that a failure to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide undermines the moral authority of the United States and hinders the ability of our nation to be a strong voice for what is right.

Speaker Pelosi has a consistent record of energetic and principled support for U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, dating back nearly 20 years. Since her election to the House in 1986, she worked closely with the Bay Area Armenian National Committee. As U.S. House Minority Leader in 2006, she pledged to support Armenian Genocide legislation in the 110th session of Congress. Over the years, she has continuously countered arguments that cite Turkey’s strategic position as reason to oppose Armenian Genocide legislation. During this year’s Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance, Speaker Pelosi called on her colleagues not to rest until the entire U.S. government properly recognizes this crime as genocide.

H.Res.252, introduced in March of 2009 by lead sponsors Adam Schiff (D-CA) and George Radanovich (R-CA), and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), currently has over 140 cosponsors. The Armenian Genocide resolution calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide.

H. Res. 252 passed the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee in March of 2010. The measure currently awaits a full vote on the House floor. The Armenian American community has urged House Speaker Pelosi and the Congressional Democratic Leadership to advance H. Res. 252.

The Armenian National Committee of America – Western Region is the largest and most influential Armenian American grassroots advocacy organization in the Western United States. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout the Western United States and affiliated organizations around the country, the ANCA-WR advances the concerns of the Armenian American community on a broad range of issues.

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7 Comments

  1. Sarkis said:

    It is probably advisable to wait for a few more months until the fall elections are over. If you watched what happened today with 9/11 firemen’s health compensation bill, or any other bill that will try to go thru the house from now till election day, will be tangled in political grandstanding or procedural wrangling and will eventually fail.

  2. Berge said:

    and the point is….? we all know recognition is not going to happen, at least not until the US removes its bases from Turkey and relocates them to a more moderate country…like Egypt for instance…Let’s not forget Egypt, was the first Arab country that sat down and negotiated peace with Israel and made it work to the best of its abilities…Turkey is going the other way…
    Obama betrayed us big time…he even reduced USA financial help to Armenia…enough said..we need to build and re-build our homeland without counting on anybody’s help…can we do it…YES WE CAN…The ISRAELIS did it, the SINGAPOREANS did it and anything they can do, we can do better for after all we are Armenians…aren’t we?

  3. Minas said:

    Pelosi should be going after Cong. Jane Harmon who betrayed Armenian Americans on the genocide resolution and whom the FBI taped doing some apparently dirty business that may have involved Israeli espionage, AIPAC etc. Why has Jane Harmon not been charged, and why has not Pelosi done anything about this? Ask yourself how reliable Pelosi is.

  4. john papazian said:

    Principled support is not real support,I for the love of Christ I can never be made to accept the half heated attitude,the fake and phony wink and nod “we know but can’t say” mentality that is this latest attempt to smooth over history. What happened to my great grand parents needs no disclaimer or permission to be acknowledged.

  5. David Keoseyan said:

    Give me a break ANCA. Do you think the Asbarez readers are sheep? Even Armenians sometimes think independently, and not follow blindly. Where was Mrs. Pelosi the last eighteen months, when Democrats had the Presidency and the majority in the House and the Senate? Why she did not bring H. Res. 252 to House floor then? The Democrat party will loose the majority seats in the House and might the Senate too. She will not be able to do anything for us, because she will not be the Speaker of the House. She is trying to use the Armenian voters again. Do you remember President Obama promised to recognize the Armenian Genocide? At least we should remember that far behind. Wake up Armenians, and don’t fall in the same hall X-many times.

    • David Keoseyan said:

      I want my comments to be printed as written. We live in US, and we are free to express our opinion. If you are going to censer the our comments, then remove the comment section. Comments section is meaningless if you will print only the comments that you agree with.

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