HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE PASSES ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION – H.RES.106 (27 – 21)
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H.Res.106, known as the Armenian Genocide Recognition Resolution, despite a massive last minute lobbying effort by the government of Turkey and Administration officials, including President Bush. The resolution has now been voted out of committee and the next step is for it to be voted upon by the entire House of Representatives. With the support of 224 Members of the House, the resolution is expected to pass marking it the first time Congress has voted to urge the President to formally recognize the state sponsored extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 – 1923.
“Today is a great day for the Armenian-American community, but our work is not yet over and we must thank each and every one of the 27 members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for withstanding the intense pressure from President Bush and the Government of Turkey not to pass this resolution. We are hopeful and optimistic that the entire House of Representatives will be able to pass this critical human rights resolution shortly,” said ARMENPAC Co-Chairs Annie Totah and Edgar Hagopian.
H.Res.106 passed with 27 yeah votes and 21 nay votes. A list of the committee members and the vote they cast will be posted shortly.