WASHINGTON–The Senate Appropriations Committee will be voting on the foreign aid bill on Thursday, July 9th. The Armenian National Committee of America is urging Armenian-Americans to encourage their respective Senators to support Armenia foreign aid priorities during the vote.
The ANCA has also issued an action alert to call Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye and encourage him to support $70 million in assistance to Armenia, $10 million to Nagorno Karabakh and to maintain military assistance parity to Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Earlier this year, President Obama followed in the tradition of Presidents Clinton and Bush in calling for a 38% reduction in aid to Armenia, and increase in aid to Azerbaijan and breaking parity in military assistance to Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Th House Appropriations Committee in June voted to send $48 million in aid to Armenia, $10 million to Nagorno Karabakh and maintain military aid parity between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Contact information and a sample phone script are provided below.
Please Call Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dan Inouye (D-HI)
Please ask to leave a message for Chairman Inouye.
Hello, I am ________________ and I am calling about the foreign aid bill.
I urge you to enhance Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act to ensure that U.S. military aid is not sent to Azerbaijan in light of its threats of renewed war against Armenia and Nagorno Karabagh. We should not reward a government that vows to wage war against an ally.
I urge you to maintain proper support for Armenia, which continues to be a reliable and democratic ally in the region. In the face of an ongoing and illegal blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan, I’m asking that aid to Armenia be at least $70 million, which it has traditionally received.
Also, I urge you to provide $10 million in development aid to Nagorno Karabakh, which will help rebuild that region that has consistently held democratic, internationally-monitored elections. We should end both the outdated restrictions on development assistance to Nagorno Karabakh and U.S. contacts with Nagorno Karabakh. There should be open lines of communication between U.S. and Karabagh government officials.
Thank you for your support for Armenia.