WASHINGTON–Senator Sam Brownback’s (R-Kan.) bid to have the US Senate repeal Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act has been postponed until next Tuesday–October 2. However–the vote may take place as early as Monday–October 1
Senator Brownback–a long-time advocate for Azerbaijan and Caspian oil issues–has indicated that–on October 1–when the Senate resumes consideration of the Defense Department Authorization bill (S.1438)–he intends to offer an amendment to this legislation that would repeal Section 907.
Section 907 is a portion of the Freedom Support Act–which prohibits direct US assistance to Azerbaijan until that country lifts its blockade of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
Efforts to repeal Section 907 have failed in the past–due the ardent grass-roots participation of the Armenian-American community.
In the coming days and weeks the Armenian community will need to remain alert to this and other efforts–in both the Senate and House–by opponents of Section 907 to try to amend legislation or utilize any of a variety of other legislative vehicles to accomplish their goal of lifting the restriction on direct US assistance to the Azeri government of Haydar Aliyev.
This delay gives the Armenian community more time to educate Members of Congress about the dangers that the repeal of Section 907 would represent to US interests and American values. Please urge your Representative and your two Senators to oppose any legislation that would weaken or repeal this important provision of the law.
Individuals interested in making a difference can log onto www.anca.org and enter your ZIP Code and follow the simple instructions to send free ANCA WebFax to your Congressional representatives. Phone calls are also very effective. You can call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Members of Congress–and to find out who represents you in Congress–visit www.anca.org.