10.10.07

Schiff Lauds Committee Passage of Resolution Calling on the United States to Fully Recognize the Armenian Genocide

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) praised the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s passage of a resolution he authored recognizing and commemorating the Armenian Genocide.  The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed H. Res. 106 clearing the way for the measure to be voted on by the full House.  The bipartisan measure currently has 226 cosponsors – more than a majority in the House and the most support an Armenian Genocide resolution has ever received.  Both Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer have voiced support for the resolution.

“Today’s Committee passage clears a major hurdle in moving this resolution forward, and I hope it will move swiftly to the House floor for a vote,” Schiff said.  “America must speak candidly about the past not only to help heal the wounds of the survivors and the families of the victims, but to give the United States the moral authority it needs to take action against other genocides like that taking place today in Darfur.”

“The Affirmation of the U.S. Record on the Armenian Genocide” resolution calls on the President to “ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding” of the “Armenian Genocide” and to “accurately characterize the systematic and deliberate annihilation of 1,500,000 Armenians as genocide.” 

Rep. Schiff is a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, the co-founder of the Democratic Study Group on National Security and a member of the House Appropriations Committee, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Select Intelligence Oversight Panel.  He represents California’s 29th Congressional District, which includes the communities of Alhambra, Altadena, Burbank, East Pasadena, East San Gabriel, Glendale, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, South Pasadena and Temple City.