WASHINGTON–Key members of the US Senate and House from across the country have joined the Armenian National Committee of America in cosponsoring the Annual Capitol Hill Observance of the Armenian Genocide. The Congressional observance will be marked by a program on Wednesday–April 21–in the Gold Room of the Rayburn Building (2168)–in Washington–DC.
Senators Spencer Abraham (R-Mich.)–Joseph Biden (D-Del.)–Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) are among the Senators co-hosting the program. House cosponsors include Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-Mich.)–Democratic Whip David Bonior (D-Mich.)–Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Ranking Member Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). They are joined by Representatives Robert Andrews (D-N.J.)–Howard Berman (D-Ind.)–Michael Capuano (D-Mass.)–Jerry Costello (D-Ill.)–Barney Frank (D-Mass.)–Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.)–Sander Levin (D-Mich.)–Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.)–Edward Markey (D-Mass.)–Mathew Martinez (D-Mass.)–James McGovern (D-Mass.)–Michael McNulty (D-N.Y.)–Constance Morella (R-Md.)–George Radanovich (R-Calif.)–Lynn Rivers (D-Mich.)–James Rogan (R-Calif.)–Steven Rothman (D-N.J.)–Marge Roukema (R-N.J.)–Brad Sherman (D-Calif.)–John Tierney (D-Mass.)–and Peter Visclosky (D-Ind.). Additional cosponsors are expected in the weeks prior to the event.
The 5th Annual Congressional Observance provides Armenian Americans an opportunity to pay tribute to those Members of Congress who have been supportive of initiatives to recognize and commemorate the Armenian Genocide.
This year’s co-hosts have consistently supported Congressional initiatives of concern to the Armenian American community. Joining members of the Armenian community and Members of Congress will be survivors of the Armenian Genocide–representatives of the Administration–leaders of human rights organizations–and members of the diplomatic community.