ANCA Rapid Responder Letter: Support Passage of 10 Pro-Armenian NDAA Amendments

Letter to your legislator


Dear Representative:

I am writing to urge you to co-sponsor and support the passage of ten pro-Armenian amendments to the FY25 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA HR 8070), which call for Congressional action to:

– Stop U.S. arms & aid to Azerbaijan
– Investigate Azerbaijan’s Sanctions Evasion
– Secure release of Armenian POWs
– Strengthen U.S.-Armenia Security Ties
– Scrutinize U.S.-Turkey Arms Sales

The specific amendments and their descriptions are provided below:

– Amendment 396, introduced by Representatives Mike Lawler (R-NY) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), would temporarily repeal the waiver authority that allows the U.S. to send military assistance and other forms of aid to Azerbaijan while the Azeri government continues to target, abuse, and displace Armenians.

– Amendment 568, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), calls on Azerbaijan to immediately return all Armenian Prisoners of War and captured civilians.

– Amendment 570, introduced by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), prohibits any new export licenses for offensive security equipment for Azerbaijan.

– Amendment 1048, introduced by Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), directs the Defense Department to develop a strategy to strengthen U.S.-Armenia security cooperation and deter further Azerbaijani aggression against Armenia.

– Amendment 1110, introduced by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), commissions a report on the energy partnerships Azerbaijan has had with Russian and Iranian companies under international sanctions.

– Amendment 120, introduced by Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) & Chris Pappas (D-NH), would require the Secretary of State and Secretary of the Treasury, in coordination with the Secretary of Defense, to submit a report to Congress that includes a report including a review of the impact of sanctions against Turkey for its purchase of the S-400 air defense system from Russia, an assessment of the threat their deployment poses to U.S. national security, and an assessment of the ability of Turkish armed forces to remain interoperable with NATO members.

– Amendment 122, introduced by Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) & Chris Pappas (D-NH), would require the U.S. Government Accountability Office (USGAO) to review and confirm Department of Defense and Department of State contingency plans for the repositioning of sensitive U.S. data and weapons systems that are in Turkey, including nuclear weapons and information related to the F-35 program.

– Amendment 313, introduced by Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), would require a report on whether the Government of Turkey is in material breach of the North Atlantic Treaty.

– Amendment 318, introduced by Representatives Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) & Chris Pappas (D-NH), would require a report on Turkish-Iranian cooperation on sanctions evasion.

– Amendment 744, introduced by Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), would prohibit security assistance to any country that has, in the past ten years, used military force against a medical facility, the UN, a refugee camp, aid workers, or journalists, has committed or aided in the commission of the crime of forcible transfer, or impeded the delivery of humanitarian aid.

My family and friends are following this issue closely and look forward to learning of your leadership to secure the adoption of these amendments, which hold Azerbaijan accountable for its genocidal ethnic cleansing of Artsakh and escalating anti-Armenian attacks, as well as Turkey’s increasing regional aggression.



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