MERCER ISLAND, Wash.–Members from the Washington ANC met with Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) and Deputy District Director Sue Foy to thank him for his support of the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H. Res. 106, as well as to discuss other issues of concern including the genocide in Darfur and Autism awareness.
“We were very pleased to meet with Congressman Reichert to show the Washington Armenian community’s appreciation for his cosponsorship of H. Res. 106 and his excellent track record on genocide prevention,” said Washington ANC Chairman Armen Abrahamian, who has been active with the Seattle-area community since relocating for work two years ago.
Also in attendance at the meeting were ANCA Eastern Region Executive Director Karine Birazian, and Natalie (Atamian) Bauge. Bauge, a constituent in the Congressman’s district, had an opportunity to thank the Congressman for his support of Armenian Genocide legislation and also discussed another issue close to her heart, Autism awareness. “It was a great honor to meet and speak with my Congressman about various issues of concern,” stated Bauge. “We look forward to continue building a relationship with the office,” she added.
Congressman Reichert serves as Representative from the eighth congressional district of Washington. He currently serves on three House Committees, including Homeland Security, Transportation and Infrastructure and Science and Technology. Reichert has a leadership role in the Committee on Homeland Security, and is Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Information Sharing, and Terrorism Risk Assessment.
As part of the ANC-WR’s POWER Initiative, Abrahamian and members of the local Armenian American community met with Congressman Reichert’s office recently to request that the Congressman’support this important human rights legislation. The Congressman cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution on April 16, 2007.