WASHINGTON–Southern California Congressman Jim Rogan urged his House colleagues to support the Armenian Genocide resolution and–in a letter to the Chairman of the House International Relations Committee–called on the panel to move the resolution toward a vote of the full House of Representatives–reported the Armenian National Committee of America.
"Armenian Americans in the 27th District and around the nation deeply appreciate Congressman Rogan’s leadership in fighting for passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution," said ANCA Governmental Relations Director Chris Hekimian. "The Congressman has emerged as an articulate and principled voice on a broad range of issues of concern to our community.
"We look forward to working with him to help secure justice for the Genocide and to advance other measures to strengthen Armenia and defend Nagorno-Karabakh."
In a "Dear Colleague" letter to members of the House–Rep. Rogan described the resolution as a "testimony to the reminder that ‘eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.’" He explained that:
H.Con.Res. 55 honors the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide by remembering and openly condemning the atrocities committed against Armenia’s.
This measure renews the commitment of the Congress–and the people of the United States–to condemn any and all instances of genocide. Finally–it encourages the Republic of Turkey to take appropriate steps to acknowledge and commemorate the acts committed against the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire.
The Genocide resolution was introduced in March of this year by California Republican George Radanovich and House Democratic Whip David Bonior.
The bill has been referred to the House International Relations Committee–which has yet to act on the legislation.
In a letter addressed to Committee Chairman Ben Gilman–Rep. Rogan urged the Committee to schedule a "mark-up" or discussion of the measure.
He went on to say that he joined with Rep. Radanovich in praising Chairman Gilman’s "bold leadership and the increased attention [he] demonstrated during the 104th Congress in holding committee hearings on this important issue. I know those hearings were extremely helpful in educating members of the general public about the atrocities committed against the Armenian people during the genocide of 1915-1923."