LOS ANGELES—As the community is outraged at outgoing Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for failing to schedule a vote Wednesday on the Armenian Genocide Resolution, the Armenian Assembly of America, in a press release issued immediately after the House adjourned, praised Pelosi for providing guidance and assistance during the process.
“…We also particularly commend the steadfast leadership of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who along with Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chair and White House Liaison Congressman Chris Van Hollen provided guidance and invaluable assistance throughout this process,” stated Armenian Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny in the press release.
On Wednesday, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty ran a story about the Armenian-American mobilization in favor of the resolution, and reported that “The Assembly is understood to be against putting the draft resolution to a full House vote.”
Their position was explained by unnamed leaders to RFE/RL as: “nobody wants to take a loss in a floor vote in these circumstances. The genocide denial industry would like nothing better than defeating the resolution, even in an unfair vote.”
In a massive mobilization effort and show of activism, the Armenian-American community pushed forward during the past several weeks and, through phone calls and emails, urged Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership to advance the resolution.
On Wednesday, the 111th Congress adjourned with Pelosi failing to schedule a vote and the House Democratic leadership blocking the effort to pass the H. Res. 252—the Armenian Genocide Resolution.