The ANCA carefully tracks Members of Congress on a range of issues of concern to Armenian Americans. We compile this information and present the profile of each Member in an easy-to-read Report Card format. Congressional grades and endorsements for the 116th Congress will be announced on October, 2020.

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ANCA Report Card: 117th Congress (2021-2022)

Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Education Act (H.R.7555)? Yes
Cosponsored Resolution Urging Release of Armenian POWs (H.Res.240)? Yes
Cosponsored Pro-Armenian Amendments to the FY22 NDAA? Yes
Signed Letter Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2021? Yes
Signed Letter Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2022? Yes
Signed Letter Calling on U.S. to Cut Military Aid to Azerbaijan? yes
Signed Letter Urging President to Recognize Armenian Genocide? Yes
Signed 2021 Armenian American Priorities Letter to the President? Yes
Signed Letter Urging the U.S. to Block the Transfer of Drone Technology to Turkey? Yes
Signed Letter Urging the U.S. to Block F-16s Sale to Turkey? Yes
Signed  Letter Urging U.S. Funding for Artsakh Demining? yes
Issued Statements Commemorating Azerbaijan's Pogroms in Sumgait & Baku? Yes
Issued Pro-Azerbaijan Statements on Black January? no
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2021/2022? Yes
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes

12/02/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "I’m pleased that after a long delay, the United States has resumed humanitarian aid for landmine removal in Artsakh. The assistance that the United States provided for more than a decade to remove land mines doubtlessly saved countless civilians from being killed or maimed by these weapons. Ending this support in March 2020 was a mistake, and I’m glad we have prevailed on the State Department to reinstate it. After the devastating November 2020 war, it’s all the more critical. For years, thousands of Armenian families have lived in fear of unexploded munitions near their homes, farms, schools, and other gathering places that bind their communities together. This decision helps save further lives." View the Facebook post here.

11/16/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "I am deeply disturbed by today’s reports of Azerbaijani forces attacking Armenian soldiers at the border, including the reported murder or illegal detainment of more than two dozen Armenian soldiers. This unprovoked attack is in direct violation of Azerbaijan and Armenia’s ceasefire agreement, and a grave reminder that the United States must be doing everything we can to deter Azerbaijan’s ongoing aggression. I urge the State Department to act immediately to use every diplomatic channel and lever available to avert another mass humanitarian disaster and show our unwavering support for the Armenian people and their sovereignty." View the Facebook post here.

10/01/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Despite Azerbaijan and Armenia’s ceasefire agreement, unprovoked and ongoing Azerbaijani aggression against the people of Armenia and Artsakh means thousands of innocent civilians still live in fear, and the threat remains intolerably high. It is vital we have a thorough understanding of the current situation and look closely into all potential threats, so we are better prepared to avert future deadly conflicts. That’s why the House Intelligence Committee included a measure Rep. Jackie Speier and I championed in the 2022 Intelligence Authorization Act which will require an unclassified report on the likelihood of future military action within the Southern Caucuses – including Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Nagorno-Karabakh. We must use every tool at our disposal to ensure that peace endures for the people of Armenia and Artsakh." View the Facebook post here.

09/27/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "One year ago today, an autocrat facing domestic discontent chose to provoke war with a peaceful neighbor. Over 44 days, Azerbaijani forces targeted and murdered many innocent civilians in Artsakh, and displaced tens of thousands more. The war created a mass humanitarian disaster and robbed countless ethnic Armenian families at home and abroad of their fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. Despite a ceasefire agreement, Azerbaijani aggression against the people of Artsakh and Armenia continues. Dozens of Armenian soldiers remain illegally detained and subject to torture, while thousands of innocent civilians still live in danger due to the continued and unprovoked threats in Nagorno-Karabakh. Now more than ever, we must recommit ourselves to doing everything possible to bring liberation and peace to the region. We must continue to demand Azerbaijan immediately and unconditionally return all prisoners of war and captured civilians. We must continue to urge the Biden administration to withhold U.S. assistance from the Aliyev regime and to reinvigorate the peace process. And we must further strengthen and support democracy in Armenia and a free, independent Artsakh. I will always stand with the people of Armenia and Artsakh." View the Facebook post here.

09/21/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Today, I join with my Armenian-American constituents and Armenians around the world to mark the 30th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Armenia. The road to independence has not been easy, but time and time again, Armenians have proven that they are survivors. Having persevered through war and genocide, the Armenian people have emerged from these terrors united to secure a better future for their families and people. In the United States, Armenian-Americans continue to illustrate what an essential part of the national fabric they are with contributions in every field — from government, law, arts and education to science, medicine, and engineering — that serve as an inspiration to us all. As we mark this anniversary, we must also rededicate ourselves to confronting the continued threats to Armenia and Artsakh, especially as we approach the one-year anniversary of the six-week war in Nagorno-Karabakh. We must do everything we can to bring liberation and peace to our Armenian brothers and sisters abroad. I will always stand with the Armenian people, and remain committed to deepening the ties between the United States, Armenia and, and a free and independent Artsakh." View the Facebook post here.

09/02/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Today, we come together to mark Artsakh’s Independence Day, when 30 years ago the brave people of Artsakh declared their independence from the Soviet Union. And while Artsakh’s path has never been an easy one, the war over the last year or so has tested the people of Artsakh in unimaginable ways. I will always stand with Artsakh and the Armenian people, as we demand security and self-determination for Artsakh." View the Facebook post here.

07/28/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Reports that Azerbaijani Armed Forces violated the ceasefire agreement with Armenia, killing three Armenian soldiers and seriously wounding two others at the border are alarming. If true, this would constitute yet another deadly act of aggression by Azerbaijan that, if allowed to escalate, could result in further violence, death, and destruction. We must acknowledge the fact that continued United States assistance to the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan provides no disincentive to their aggression and poses an imminent threat to Armenians. I’m urging the Department of State and Secretary Blinken to speak out about the events of the last 24 hours, and pressure Azerbaijan to abide by the ceasefire. The United States should never provide military funds or support to a country that routinely violates human rights and encroaches on the independence of its neighbor. It’s time for accountability. https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/7/28/armenia-says-three-killed-in-fire-exchange-with-azeri-forces" View the Facebook post here.

07/15/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Exciting update: I’m thrilled to share that the 2022 federal government funding bill includes $??????,?????? to support the construction and development of the Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center! This funding will make the federal government a partner with state and local government and the private sector in building this important cultural institution. It’s an honor to work alongside my Armenian-American constituents for recognition and justice, and with these funds, we can help ensure that your stories of hope in the face of hardship, of perseverance, and of new beginnings are told for generations to come. Learn more about the ten projects throughout our community that I secured funding for, and how they’ll enrich our health, safety, cultural opportunities, and quality of life: https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/schiff-secures-more-than-7-million-for-critical-community-projects_in-upcoming-government-funding-legislation" View the Facebook post here.

07/14/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "This week, we secured more than $7 million to fund community projects in California’s 28th District. These projects will deliver lifesaving health services, emergency housing, support for small businesses, and public safety investments — that will enhance the quality of life for all. I’m thrilled they have been be included in the recently introduced government funding bills, and I look forward to celebrating their passage soon. Children's Hospital Los Angeles Thai Community Development Center Los Angeles City College Armenian American Museum Covenant House California Los Angeles LGBT Center City of Glendale Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory Para Los Niños Boys & Girls Club of Burbank and Greater East Valley Burbank Fire Department https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/schiff-secures-more-than-7-million-for-critical-community-projects_in-upcoming-government-funding-legislation" View the Facebook post here.

07/12/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "It was an honor to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for what will soon become the Armenian-American Museum and Cultural Center of California in the beautiful heart of Glendale. Armenian-Americans are an essential component of the fabric of our nation — enriching our customs, traditions, and communities. Their story is an American story, one of hope in the face of hardship, of perseverance and new beginnings. And this museum will ensure that story gets told for generations to come." View the Facebook post here.

07/01/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "After a year marked by devastating conflict and incredible suffering, we have been able to secure more than $52 million in funding for Armenia and Artsakh in the recently introduced House Foreign Affairs spending bill, along with the other co-chairs of the House Armenian Caucus. This robust investment will support democratic, economic, and energy reforms in Armenia and provide urgent humanitarian relief in Artsakh. But our work is far from done. We must continue to push the Biden administration to take every possible diplomatic action to end Azerbaijani aggression and secure immediate release of all Armenian detainees and prisoners of war, some of whom have been tortured in violation of international human rights conventions. And we must also continue to push President Biden to withhold U.S. assistance from the Aliyev regime in Azerbaijan, which continues to commit grave human rights abuses and threaten the independence of Armenia. I will always stand with the people of Armenia and Artsakh. Always." View the Facebook post here.

06/24/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "Azerbaijan’s continued violation of human rights following the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh is unacceptable. Prosecuting prisoners of war is a flagrant violation of international conventions and further evidence of Azerbaijan’s grotesque disregard for human rights and international law. While we continue working to secure the immediate release of Armenian prisoners of war, the United States must impose harsh consequences on Azerbaijan and end the waiver that has allowed U.S. military assistance to flow to the regime in Baku. We must not allow Azerbaijan to violate human rights and trample on international norms with impunity. https://asbarez.com/yerevan-condemns-prosecution-of-armenian-pows-by-azerbaijan/" View the Facebook post here.

05/12/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "I am deeply concerned by recent reports that Azerbaijani troops have reportedly crossed into Armenian territory. If true, this is yet another dangerous and provocative action that could lead to further loss of life. It is past time for the United States to recognize that our policies have emboldened Azeri President Ilham Aliyev to escalate militarily, risking another war. I have been in communication with the Biden administration and urged them to engage more deeply through the Minsk Group, now more important than ever. According to reports, Azerbaijan is taking these actions just days after the State Department issued an unjustified waiver of restrictions under Section 907 against direct aid to Azerbaijan. We should not be providing military funding to a nation that habitually engages in human rights violations and violates the sovereignty of its neighbors." View the Facebook post here.

05/04/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "During the war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan was guilty of grave and egregious human rights abuses. Reports of the torture and murder of 19 Armenian prisoners of war, including civilians, are further evidence of Azerbaijan’s grotesque disregard for human rights and international law. While we work to secure the immediate release of remaining POWs, the United States must impose harsh consequences on Azerbaijan, and those who enabled these crimes, and end the waiver that has allowed U.S. military assistance to flow to the regime in Baku. We cannot stand idly by as crimes against humanity are committed against Armenia and the people of Artsakh. My heart breaks for these 19 men and women, their loved ones, and the entire Armenian community tonight. I will always stand with them as we demand peace and independence for Artsakh. Always." View the Facebook post here.

05/01/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "I will always stand with the Armenian community to honor the martyred saints of the Armenian Genocide, and our work goes on as we continue the fight for justice and reparations. I will always stand with the Armenian community as we demand peace and independence for Artsakh. I will always stand with the Armenian community as we strengthen our ties to Armenia. Always." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "As this historic day comes to a close, my thoughts are with the Armenian community in America and around the world. Over my years in Congress, I’ve sat with survivors of the Genocide and heard their harrowing tales of tragedy and suffering at the hands of the Ottoman Empire, and their inspiring stories of perseverance and resilience as they forged new lives in Los Angeles and across America. Every Armenian family carries with them the memory of the parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, and others who were murdered as part of the effort to exterminate the Armenian people. It has been my profound honor to fight for recognition and justice alongside thousands upon thousands of my Armenian American constituents for nearly twenty years. I know that many of them have been working and praying for this moment for their entire lives, and my heart is with the Armenian American community tonight. Although nothing can undo the atrocities visited upon your ancestors, I hope today has brought some measure of peace and justice." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "For Armenian-Americans and everyone who believes in human rights and the truth, today marks an historic milestone: President Biden has defied Turkish threats and recognized the slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians for what it was - the first genocide of the 20th Century. In so doing, he has cast aside decades of shameful silence and half-truths, and the broken promises of so many of his predecessors, and spoken truth to power. This is a momentous day for thousands upon thousands of my Armenian-American constituents who have been working, advocating, and praying for recognition for their entire lives – and I am heartened that this announcement comes at a time when there are still some genocide survivors alive to witness it, though their numbers are very small. It also comes at a time of new dangers to the Armenian people, after Azerbaijan and Turkey made war on the people of Artsakh. As we commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we can now do so now, secure in the knowledge that our nation, both the President and the Congress, speak with one voice: We will never again be silenced. And we will never forget. https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2021-04-24/biden-formally-recognizes-armenian-killings-as-genocide" View the Facebook post here.

04/24/21 - Rep. Schiff tweeted ".@POTUS' recognition of the Armenian Genocide comes after decades of struggle. After years of Turkish threats and intimidation After a murderous war on the people of Artsakh After so many heartbreaks and disappointments Thank you, President Biden, for speaking truth to power." View the tweet here.

04/23/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "I’ve been on the phone for weeks with top members of the Biden Administration to urge the President to break America’s shameful silence and officially recognize the Armenian genocide. For too long, American presidents have allowed Turkey’s threats and intimidation campaigns to eclipse our moral obligation to speak truth to power. But our relationship with Turkey must be built on more than complicity in the denial of genocide – such denial runs counter to our American values and is an affront to millions of Armenians, in Yerevan and across the world, including tens of thousands of my constituents. Tomorrow, on the 106th anniversary of the start of the Armenian genocide, I hope President Biden will honor his pledge and recognize this historic human rights violation for what it was: the first genocide of the 20th century." View the Facebook post here.

04/21/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "On April 24th, the world will mark the 106th anniversary of the first days of the Armenian Genocide, which saw the systematic murder of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, and the displacement of many more. Yet for decades, while leaders around the world recognize the first genocide of the 20th century, American presidents – both Democrats and Republicans – have remained deafeningly silent. As a candidate, President Biden promised to break this shameful silence and become the first sitting President to acknowledge the Armenian genocide. I’m proud to join with over one hundred bipartisan members of Congress in delivering this open letter to President Biden, urging him to keep his word and speak this painful truth to power. There can be no doubt: this was a genocide. And, in the words of Elie Wiesel, to call it anything less or deny the truth in all of its unvarnished horror would be a “double killing.” It’s time to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Read our letter: https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/over-100-bipartisan-members-urge-president-biden-to-recognize-armenian-genocide-" View the Facebook post here.

04/20/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "An open letter to President Joseph R. Biden: Mr. President, in just five days, the world will mark the 106th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, the systemic murder and displacement of 1.5 million Armenian women, men, and children by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923. This will be the first April 24th of your presidency, and your first opportunity to follow through on your promise to recognize the genocide and your decades of leadership on this issue. On behalf of hundreds of thousands of Armenian Americans, the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of genocide survivors, I ask you: Keep that promise. Recognize the Armenian Genocide. The facts of the genocide are not in serious dispute. They were recorded in real time by American diplomats who lacked a name for the barbaric and systematic extermination of the Armenian people, but knew that it was without precedent in human history. Millions of Armenians were beaten, raped, killed, and marched across deserts by the Ottoman Empire. From the blood and rubble, the Armenian people survived. Tens of thousands of orphaned children owe their lives to the generosity of Americans who created the Near East Relief Foundation. Those children and their descendants crossed the ocean to build lives, in Los Angeles and across the nation. You know these facts well and you have spoken about them directly, including as a candidate for president. As president, it is now in your power to right decades of wrongs and in so doing give meaning to your statement last year, when you acknowledged the genocide and said “silence is complicity.” As a candidate and now as president, you have spoken of your commitment to human rights. You have spoken of an America who leads, “not by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.” If that principle is to have meaning, we cannot waiver from it just because it may be inconvenient. The word “genocide” is significant, because genocide is not a problem of the past, it is a problem of today, including in Xinjiang, where Uyghurs face a relentless campaign by the Chinese Communist Party to wipe out their culture. And it is a danger today in Artsakh, where Turkey assisted Azerbaijan in making war on the Armenians again, and in so doing, threaten another potential genocide. What a comfort it would be to the perpetrators of crimes against humanity in the present day if the most powerful nation on earth could be cowed into silence about the events of a century ago. In recognizing the Genocide, you will be joining both the House and the Senate who voted overwhelmingly in 2019 to do so. As you well know, for decades those of us who supported recognition of the genocide faced a ferocious opposition, premised on the harm that such a vote would cause to our relations with Turkey and to our national security. Yet what happened is precisely what we all predicted. Turkey protested, but the relationship between Turkey and the United States did not change, or if it has changed, it has done so for reasons having nothing to do with the Armenian Genocide and everything to do with Turkey’s drift towards autocracy. The Turkish government and their well-heeled DC lobby has mobilized as they do every year around this time. They are spinning up fear aimed at keeping the gag order in place. Mr. President, we must not resort to euphemisms or half-truths. The murder of 1.5 million Armenians was an atrocity – that is surely true – but it was more than that. The act of seeking to destroy a people and a culture is a different kind of evil, and it was not until Raphael Lemkin coined the term “genocide” that we had a word to describe it. Denial of genocide is a profanity, and in the words of Elie Wiesel, it is a “double killing.” Millions of Armenians, in Yerevan and across the world, tens of thousands of my constituents, Mr. President, will look to you later this week, to see if you will join leaders in France, Germany, the European Union, the Vatican, and in 49 states in recognizing the genocide. It is my deepest wish that you will speak the truth in all of its horror, and recognize the Armenian Genocide." View the Facebook post here.

04/20/21 - Rep. Schiff tweeted "An open letter to @POTUS: This week, the world will mark the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. This is the first April 24 of your presidency, your first chance to keep your promise to hundreds of thousands of Armenian Americans: Recognize the Armenian Genocide." View the tweet here.

03/23/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "The latest report from Human Rights Watch confirmed what many of us feared: Azerbaijani forces abused Armenian prisoners of war and civilians, and with an estimated 200 still being unlawfully detained, there is a risk of further abuse. The torture and cruelty inflicted on these Armenian captives is a gross violation of international law and the Geneva Conventions, and those responsible must be held accountable. Last week, I introduced a bipartisan resolution calling for the immediate release of the Armenian servicemen and civilians detained by Azerbaijani forces months after the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. I also called for the U.S. State Department to reinvigorate the OSCE Minsk Group process and reengage Azerbaijani authorities to make clear the importance of adhering to the November 9 statement that ended the war. This Human Rights Watch report further underscores the urgency of this resolution. Every moment we delay is another moment that Armenian captives suffer at the hands of Azerbaijani forces. The time for decisive action is now." View the Facebook post here.

03/16/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "More than 100 days after the end of the war in Artsakh, an estimated 200 Armenian service members and civilians remain in Azerbaijani custody, where little is known of their condition, treatment, or well-being. Their continued captivity is a direct violation of the Geneva Conventions and the commitments that Azerbaijan made in the November 9 statement that ended the war. It is completely unacceptable, and given the documented atrocities committed by Azerbaijani forces during the war, there is every reason to fear for the safety of these captives. I’m proud to introduce a House Resolution calling for the immediate release of those detained, and to have the bipartisan support of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues. Azerbaijan has an obligation to free Armenian captives without delay, and they should know that failing to do so will just demonstrate further their contempt for human rights and the need to reevaluate the U.S. relationship with the regime in Baku. The United States must use all diplomatic means available to ensure that the release happens swiftly and safely, and to impose consequences on Azerbaijan for their continued violations of human rights. Statement: https://schiff.house.gov/news/press-releases/armenian-caucus-co-chairs-introduce-resolution-urging-azerbaijan-to-release-all-prisoners-of-war-and-captured-civilians-" View the Facebook post here.

02/03/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "It’s been nearly three months since the deal that brought at least a momentary end to the devastating war in Artsakh, following the assault by Azerbaijan and Turkey. Yet Azerbaijan continues to refuse to release dozens of Armenian prisoners of war, both military and civilians. It also continues to threaten religious and cultural Armenian sites that have fallen under Azerbaijani control. The United States must reengage with the Minsk Group to demand self-determination and peace for the people of Artsakh, and our first priority should be the immediate release of all POWs. I will work with my colleagues in Congress to impose meaningful consequences on Turkey and Azerbaijan for their illegal attack on Artsakh, and to put U.S. policy where it should be: Standing up for human rights and democracy." View the Facebook post here.

02/01/21 - Rep. Schiff posted the following to Facebook: "President Biden has signaled he will focus on restoring the United States as a force for democracy and human rights around the world. An early test for the administration will be found in a small and often overlooked enclave in the South Caucasus region known as Nagorno-Karabakh. This conflict and its aftermath represent an opportunity for Biden to do just that. It pits a democratic Armenia and Artsakh against autocratic regimes in Baku and Ankara who abuse human rights, imprison reporters and dissidents, and crush dissent. America must lead with our values instead of perpetuating a transactional foreign policy that looks the other way as Azerbaijan invades its neighbors and commits human-rights violations at home and abroad. In the past few weeks, the world witnessed the triumph of American democracy over a would-be autocrat, culminating in the peaceful transfer of power on Jan. 20. Yet, the extraordinary foreign and domestic challenges facing President Biden could not be more apparent. He now has the opportunity to reshape a U.S. foreign policy that under President Donald Trump has departed from our core democratic interests and values. Read more from Congresswoman Jackie Speier and I in the San Francisco Chronicle:" View the Facebook post here.
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