HOUSE OVERWHELMINGLY PASSES ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

The final tally of votes for the Armenian Genocide resolution
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The Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) was adopted by a vote of 405 to 11 with 3 voting present.

U.S. House Vote Locks in Armenian Genocide Recognition, Rejecting Turkey’s Denial of This Crime Recognition, Rejecting Turkey’s Denial of This Crime

WASHINGTON – In a major blow to Ankara’s obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide, the U.S. House today voted overwhelmingly to pass H.Res.296, an Armenian National Committee of America-backed measure locking in ongoing U.S. recognition of this crime and officially rejecting Turkey’s denial of the genocide it committed against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Maronites and other Christian nations. The Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) was adopted by a vote of 405 to 11 with 3 voting present.

ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian stated, “The ANCA welcomes the U.S. House of Representatives vote overriding the longest-lasting foreign veto in American history – Ankara’s gag-rule against honest American remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. We must now move forcefully toward a truthful, just and comprehensive resolution of Turkey’s crime against humanity that killed over 1.5 million innocent Armenians.”

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296), striking a powerful blow against Turkey's gag-rule on honest U.S. remembrance of that crime.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296), striking a powerful blow against Turkey’s gag-rule on honest U.S. remembrance of that crime.

Hamparian continued, “While much can be said of today’s vote – this is crystal clear. First, this vote exposed – in powerful ways – Ankara’s attempts to enlist America in its obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide. Second, this vote places America on the side of justice, which has, for far too long, been denied to the victims and surviving generations of the Armenian Genocide.”

The Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.296) establishes, as a matter of U.S. policy, 1) the rejection of Armenian Genocide denial, 2) ongoing official U.S. government recognition and remembrance of this crime, and 3) support for education about the Armenian Genocide in order to help prevent modern-day atrocities. Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) led the House effort, while Senators Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) are spearheading the Senate measure (S.Res.150).

The ANCA has consistently pushed back against Turkey’s denials, striving to put America on the right side of the Armenian Genocide. Thousands of letters and phone calls have already been sent to Congress by Armenian American advocates through the ANCA online portal – anca.org/genocide.

Watch Asbarez’s coverage of the historic vote. Asbarez will have extensive coverage of Tuesday’s vote in future editions.

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  1. Sarkis Ghazarian said:

    Congrats!!
    How is this vote different from the signing of the Armenian Genocide Resolution by then Pres. Ronald Regan?
    When do we as Armenian citizens of the USA demand of our elected reprensemtatives in the US Congress and Presidential candidates to pass laws to stop foreign aid, military aid, etc to Turkey?
    Armenian Genocide Resolutions look nice in press releases, BUT have no pending impact on US foreign policies nor economic/military aid to Turkey.

  2. State of Emergency said:

    Congratulations!! Now it needs to be passed by the senate and signed by the president. Nothing short of full recognition must be accepted on all levels.

  3. Heghapokhagan said:

    What do you say about this Mr President Trump!?? How are you going to face your Buddy (Dictator Venomous Genocidal Barbaric Viper in your backyard) Erdogan !!?? who’s been lately massacring your loyal Kurds that you betrayed!

  4. Gregory Basmadjian said:

    Hoorah! Hoorah!….Pity it is being recognized for the wrong reasons…only to get back at Mr Trump.. The US only delivers when it suits them, and ONLY them!! Talk about political expediency…

  5. HERAYER said:

    THIS IS JUSTICE FOR OUR MURDERED INNOCENT ARMENIAN BABIES,CHILDREN,MEN AND WOMEN WHO WHERE KILLED BECAUSE THEY WERE ARMENIAN WHO PERISHED BY THE ORDER OF A SATANIC TURKISH GOVERNMENT ORDER, TURKEY SHOULD JOIN THE CIVILIZED WORLD AND ACKNOWLEDGE THIS HORRIFIC CHAPTER IN THEIR HISTORY

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