WASHINGTON–House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday reiterated that she and her colleagues in Congress will continue pushing for Genocide Recognition whether or not President Obama travels to Turkey in April, Reuters reported Friday.
Whether Obama travels to the region or not "does not deny the fact that there was an Armenian genocide, and there are those of us in Congress who will continue to make that point," the California lawmaker told Reuters.
Pelosi’s spokesman, Brendan Daly, said he did not know whether the sponsors of the latest resolution had enough support for it to pass in the House but "no one’s talking about a vote any time soon."
Lawmakers introduced on March 17 legislation into the House of Representatives calling on the U.S. President to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide. The resolution was introduced two weeks before President Obama’s April 5 trip to Turkey and roughly a month before the White House’s annual April 24 commemoration of this crime against humanity.
Similar resolutions have been introduced in Congress for years and Pelosi has been a long-time supporter of having Congress officially recognize the crime against humanity as a Genocide.