WASHINGTON–Following a debate–which lasted more than four hours–the House International Relations Committee decided Thursday to postpone consideration of H.Res 398–the Armenian Genocide resolution to next week.
The postponement was a result of delay tactics initiated by California Democrat Tom Lantos and Indiana Republican Dan Burton–both of whom were proponents of an amendment to water down the language of the resolution to include other countries that have been cited for human rights violations. That amendment was not approved by the committee–thus prompting the delay tactics.
Efforts to delay a vote on the matter were also not quelled by the committee chairman–New York Republican Benjamin Gilman–whose authority as chairman–could have prevented this delay.
The resolution may be considered as early as Tuesday.
The Armenian Genocide Resolution is actively supported by the "H.Res.398 Committee"–a coalition of Armenian American organizations made up of: Apostolic Exarchate for Armenian Catholics–Armenian Assembly of America–Armenian Bar Association–Armenian Evangelical World Council Armenian General Benevolent Union–Armenian Missionary Association of America–Armenian National Committee of America–Armenian Relief Society of North America–Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America – East–Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America – West–Knights of Vartan–Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America–East Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America – West.