WASHINGTON–Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a statement Thursday commenting on the adjournment of the 11th Congress and its failure to bring to a vote the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.252.
“For the past several weeks, several of my colleagues and I have been engaged in a full-press effort to secure Floor consideration and passage of H. Res. 252, the Armenian Genocide Resolution,” Schiff said in the statement. “We believed that Turkey’s burgeoning alliance with Iran, its support for Hamas, and its insincere promise to seek reconciliation with modern Armenia would finally serve to offset Turkey’s shameful campaign of denial.”
“I am deeply disappointed that the Congress has now recessed without passing the resolution to honor the 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children who were lost in the first genocide of the Twentieth Century,” Schiff said. “I know that my feelings are insignificant when compared to the continued pain of so many in our community.”
“To my many thousands of Armenian-American constituents and friends, I pledge to you that I will continue to press for recognition of the Armenian Genocide until the memory of those who perished from 1915-23 is formally and forever preserved in our national consciousness,” he said.