House of Reps adopts resolution on Christian Heritage in Turkey
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted via a voice vote, H. Res. 306, urging the Republic of Turkey to safeguard its Christian heritage and to return confiscated church properties to their rightful owners, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).
"This bipartisan bill reflects America's values and represents an important step towards preserving the heritage of the Armenian community and other minority communities within Turkey," stated the Legate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian in Washington, DC.
Prior to today's action, the Armenian Assembly sent a letter to all Members of Congress urging a "YES" vote. H. Res. 306, which was introduced by Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA), along with Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Jim Costa (D-CA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Joe Baca (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Joseph Crowley (D-NJ), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Judy Chu (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Bruce Braley (D-IA), Frank Wolf (R-VA), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Dan Lungren (R-CA), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Jeff Denham (R-CA), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), and Robert Dold (R-IL), reflects America's values with respect to freedom of religion and human rights.
In addition to resolution sponsor Congressman Royce, who along with his colleagues invoked the memory of the Armenian Genocide and Turkey's continued genocide denial, the following Representatives spoke in favor of the legislation: Howard Berman, Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman, Eliot Engel and Frank Pallone, Jr. Turkish Caucus Co-Chair Edward Whitfield (R-KY) claimed time in opposition to the bil
Edited by onjig, 07 October 2018 - 02:27 PM.