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

Don Beyer

D- Virginia
District 8

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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? No
Cosponsored the Resolution Condemning the Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks, H.Res.1165? Yes
Cosponsored the U.S.-Artsakh Travel and Communication Resolution, H.Res.190? No
Cosponsored the Resolution Reaffirming the US-Armenia Strategic Relationship (H.Res.452)? No
Cosponsored the 2020 Speier-Cox Amendment to the Foreign Aid Bill for Continued U.S. Aid to Artsakh? No
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? No
Signed the 2020 Cox-Sherman-Costa-Clark Letter Calling for Sanctions on Azerbaijan for War Crimes? No
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? No
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? Yes
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? Yes
Commemorated the Sumgait-Baku-Kirovabad Pogroms in 2019/2020? No
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


04/24/20 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "Reflecting on the Armenian Genocide today, which began 105 years ago. I mourn the deaths of over 1.5 million Armenians, officially recognized for the first time by Congress last year.Recognizing and grappling with historical truth is deeply important. We must not look away." View the tweet here.

12/12/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "Historic: for the first time, both chambers of the United States Congress have passed resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide.With nearly unanimous bipartisan support." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "Trump let Erdogan's thugs get away with assaulting people in DC two years ago without lifting a finger, then sounded a retreat so Erdogan's forces could attack our allies the Kurds.Welcoming this authoritarian to the White House today was another embarrassing act of submission." View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "The House just passed a resolution to recognize the Armenian Genocide. This was always the right thing to do, and it's more important than ever now -- as we witness the ugly specter of ethnic cleansing again in the same region, this time against the Kurds in Northern Syria." View the tweet here.

10/27/19 - Rep. Beyer posted the following to Facebook: "It’s time to start holding Turkey accountable for its actions. Both Congress and the White House have remained silent on this issue for far too long, and I look forward to changing that next week." View the Facebook post here.

10/23/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "House leaders just announced that we will indeed be voting next week on House Resolution 296, recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Such recognition, the official acknowledgment of the worst atrocities in history, is long overdue. You can read the text here: https://twitter.com/RepDonBeyer/status/1121099732435206144" View the tweet here.

10/15/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "Turkey’s attacks on Kurds in Syria are especially alarming given the history of prior attacks on ethnic minorities in this region. I agree with @tedlieu — today would be a good day for the United States to recognize the Armenian Genocide." View the tweet here.

10/07/19 - Rep. Beyer tweeted "The President’s abrupt withdrawal is a betrayal of the Kurds, who were the front lines in the fight vs. ISIS. A terrible signal to other allies that we could abandon them to appease a human rights abuser like Erdogan. Possible release of ISIS prisoners a disaster in the making." View the tweet here.
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