LOS ANGELES–The largest Armenian-American grassroots public affairs organization in the Western US praised a number of Republican legislators in the US Congress for their outstanding support on issues of concern to tens of thousands of Armenian-American voters throughout California–Nevada–and other western states.
In a statement–the Armenian National Committee of America–Western Region also commended Republican Governors of Idaho–Montana–and Nebraska for officially acknowledging the Armenian Genocide.
A record number of Governors issued proclamations this April acknowledging the Armenian Genocide and April 24 as a Day of Remembrance. The list includes Republican Governors Dirk Kempthorne of Idaho–Judy Martz of Montana–and Mike Johanns of Nebraska.
The ANCA-WR also applauded California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s move designating April 24 a Day of Remembrance for the Genocide–as well as Republican State Senator Chuck Poochigian’s powerful proclamation at the April 24 Commemoration in Montebello–California.
"We appreciate the work of our Republican friends–particularly the Governors and members of Congress who support the ANC’s initiatives to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide and urge Congress to pass resolutions acknowledging this crime against humanity," said ANCA-WR Government Relations Director Armen Carapetian.
Last week–the Nevada ANC honored Senator John Ensign (R-NV) as the "ANC Man of the Year" for his staunch support of Armenian-American issues. Senator Ensign introduced Senate Resolution 164–reaffirming US’s commitment to preventing genocides and punishing perpetrators of genocide. The legislation also clearly identifies the mass murder of Armenia’s from 1915 to 1923 as a case of genocide. The bill is currently backed by 39 Senators–nine of whom are Republican.
Several months ago–ANC-Orange County honored Congressman Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) with its Freedom Award for his consistent support of issues that concern Armenian-American constituents. Just last week–Royce–who serves on the influential International Relations Committee–reaffirmed his pledge to fight for official acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide while addressing the ANCA Capitol Hill Armenian Genocide Observance.
At its largest annual event–the ANCA-WR presented Congressman George Radanovich (R-Fresno) its "Man of the Year" honor several months ago for his dedication and commitment. Radanovich is the principal author and sponsor of H.R. 193–which acknowledges the Armenian Genocide. The legislation passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee on May 21–2003 and awaits a vote on the House Floor.