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ANCA Report Card: 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Gus Bilirakis

R- Florida
District 12

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Voted for the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res. 296? Yes
Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.296? Yes
Cosponsored the Artsakh Recognition Resolution, H.Res.1203? Yes
Cosponsored the Resolution Condemning the Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks, H.Res.1165? No
Cosponsored the U.S.-Artsakh Travel and Communication Resolution, H.Res.190? Yes
Cosponsored the Resolution Reaffirming the US-Armenia Strategic Relationship (H.Res.452)? Yes
Cosponsored the 2020 Speier-Cox Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill for Continued U.S. Aid to Artsakh? Yes
Voted for the 2019 Speier Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill Calling for $40 Million in Aid to Armenia? Yes
Voted for the 2019 Sherman Amendment to the NDAA against Azerbaijani Threats to Shoot Down Civilian Aircraft? Yes
Signed the 2020 Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Signed the 2020 Cox-Sherman-Costa-Clark Letter Calling for Sanctions on Azerbaijan for War Crimes? Yes
Signed the 2020 Speier Letter Against the Anti-Armenian Chabot-Cohen Amendment to NDAA? No
Signed the Armenian Caucus Letter Condemning the Azerbaijan War Games in May, 2020? Yes
Signed the 2019 Sherman-Cox Letter to Continue US Aid for Artsakh De-Mining? Yes
Signed Letters Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2019/2020? Yes
Signed the 2020 Titus Letter urging the Library of Congress to properly categorize the Armenian Genocide? No
Signed the 2019 Armenian Genocide Letter to the President? Yes
Signed the 2020 Crenshaw Letter to Block Erdogan’s Visit to DC? Yes
Issued a 2020 Statement Calling for Artsakh Recognition? No
Issued a 2020 Statement Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? No
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? Yes
Commemorated the Sumgait-Baku-Kirovabad Pogroms in 2019/2020? Yes
Offered Remarks in 2019/2020 making false Khojaly accusations? No
Traveled to Armenia and/or Artsakh in 2019/2020? No
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes


07/30/20 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Ending #Turkey's illegal occupation is in the best interest of the #UnitedStates as it would make #Cyprus a stronger ally and bring peace to a troubled region." View the tweet here.

07/30/20 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Thank you @TheAHIinDC for the opportunity to participate in this incredible forum. Ending #Turkey’s occupation of #Cyprus will bring peace to a troubled region, and make #Cyprus a stronger ally." View the tweet here.

07/10/20 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "I condemn the action taken today by #Turkey's President Erdogan that converts the #HagiaSophiaCathedral into a mosque. Click below to read my full statement" View the tweet here.

10/31/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "I am proud that the United States set the historic record straight by officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide this week. Turkey has for too long denied the historic fact that 1.5 million Armenians and other ethnic and religious minorities were killed by the Ottoman Empire, and the United States will no longer let this historic inaccuracy stand." View the Facebook post here.

10/30/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "Yesterday, the House took bold action in defense of our nation by passing measures regarding Turkey’s nefarious role in destabilizing the Middle East. The Protect Against Conflict by Turkey (PACT) Act, which I co-sponsored, enacts sanctions against Turkey for its egregious conduct. Turkey’s actions in Syria have cause numerous civilian deaths, worsened the existing humanitarian crisis, and has caused even greater instability in the region. This is not the behavior that we expect from a so-called American ally. In fact, the only entities which stand to benefit from Turkey’s actions are known bad actors on the international stage who do not have America’s best interests at heart, such as Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Iran and Islamic extremists. We must hold Turkey accountable for its flagrant disregard for U.S. interests, and send a strong message to the international community that we are serious when it comes to defending our national security." View the Facebook post here.

10/30/19 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Therefore, I am proud that the United States set the historic record straight by officially recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Turkey has for too long denied the historic fact that 1.5 million Armenians (4/5) and other ethnic and religious minorities were killed by the Ottoman Empire, and the United States will no longer let this historic inaccuracy stand.” (5/5)" View the tweet here.

07/20/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "It is still impossible to fathom that 45 years later a NATO ally, Turkey, can brutally invade and STILL occupy an EU member, Cyprus. Nicosia is the world's only divided capital. Turkish intransigence must no longer be ignored. Turkey must withdraw its nearly 40,000 troops from Cyprus, stop desecrating religious heritage sites such as churches and cemeteries, account for the thousands of missing Cypriots, and negotiate in good faith for a just settlement of the division. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, I will continue to be a voice for justice for Cyprus." View the Facebook post here.

07/20/19 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Turkey must withdraw its nearly 40,000 troops from Cyprus, stop desecrating religious heritage sites such as churches and cemeteries, account for the thousands of missing Cypriots, and negotiate in good faith for a just settlement of the division." View the tweet here.

07/18/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "Erdogan’s Turkey has proven to be an unreliable ally. I’m pleased to see this Administration undertake what I’ve been advocating for in my Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act." View the Facebook post here.

07/18/19 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Erdogan’s Turkey has proven to be an unreliable ally. I’m pleased to see this Administration undertake what I’ve been advocating for in my Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act." View the tweet here.

06/11/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "Last night, I spoke in favor of the Expressing Concern for the United States-Turkey Alliance, on the House Floor. Turkey has failed in its basic NATO responsibility to safeguard the freedom and security of NATO allies, both politically and militarily. Turkey has bullied, and continues to bully, US and NATO allies around the world - in particular Greece and Cyprus. The clock has nearly struck midnight on the US-Turkey relationship, and the time has come for Turkey to choose whether it will stand with the US and NATO or fall with revisionist powers like Russia and China. I encourage my colleagues in the Senate to support this historic and courageous resolution." View the Facebook post here.

05/07/19 - Rep. Bilirakis posted the following to Facebook: "President Erdogan continues to test the resolve of the United States and the rest of the international community to hold his regime accountable for sowing chaos and discord that undermines regional security and stifles prosperity. Erdogan’s lack of respect for international sovereignty is cause for serious concern and does nothing to advance regional interests. I commend the Trump Administration and the European Union for swiftly condemning Turkey’s actions and calling it what it is – illegal. The United States must remain steadfast in our support for Cyprus, continue to condemn flagrant acts in violation of international law, and be prepared to work with our partners to respond quickly and forcefully to transgression of international law through targeted sanctions and foreign aid restrictions." View the Facebook post here.

04/01/19 - Rep. Bilirakis tweeted "Turkey continues to behave in an unacceptable manner for a NATO member and US ally. That is why I have fought for F35 transfers to be blocked so long as Turkey continues to pursue Russian S400 missile systems. I applaud the Administration’s move here." View the tweet here.
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