LOS ANGELES–In an article in Wednesday’s Los Angeles Times, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md) said the Armenian Genocide Resolution, which will be voted on in the House Foreign Affairs Committee next week, will pass the House.
Hoyer said he hoped for a vote by the entire House before Thanksgiving.
"We’re encouraged," Rep. George Radanovich (R-Calif.), a lead co-sponsor told the LA Times.
"This is not about the present government, nor about the Turkish people," Hoyer said in an interview with the LA Times. "It is about a tragic effort that was made by a previous government almost a century ago, in which we believe very strongly that a genocide was perpetrated on the Armenian people. If we are not to relive and see again those kinds of incidents, it’s important that we remember them historically and make sure the world condemns such actions."
"The United States has a compelling historical and moral reason to recognize the Armenian genocide, which cost a million and a half people their lives," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who introduced the resolution in January, told the LA Times.
"But we also have a powerful contemporary reason as well. How can we take effective action against the genocide in Darfur if we lack the will to condemn genocide whenever and wherever it occurs?” added Schiff.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee is set to mark up the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.106) on Wednesday, October 10, reported the Armenian National Committee of America. Committee discussion and adoption of the resolution will set the stage for subsequent full House consideration of the key human rights measure.
Armenian American activists are encouraged to voice their support for the Armenian Genocide resolution by participating in the ongoing ANCA Congressional Call-In Campaign by visiting: http://capwiz.com/anca/callalert/index.tt?alertid=10340906&type=TA
The Committee discussion and vote will be webcast live at http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/index.asp?subnav=close . The specific time of the Committee meeting is yet to be announced.
Introduced on January 30 by Rep. Adam Schiff along with Representative George Radanovich (R-CA), Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) and Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), the Armenian Genocide resolution calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide. The resolution is cosponsored by 226 Members of Congress from 39 states. A similar resolution in the Senate (S.Res.106), introduced by Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) currently has 31 cosponsors, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (D-NY).
Over the past nine months, Armenian Americans and human rights advocates have joined with Members of Congress in educating their colleagues about the Armenian Genocide and the importance of proper recognition of this crime against humanity. The ANCA has mounted several national grassroots initiatives including the highly successful "Click for Justice" and "Call for Justice" campaigns as well as the "End the Cycle of Genocide" Advocacy Days, cosponsored with the Genocide Intervention Network.