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

Frank Pallone

D- New Jersey
District 6

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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? Yes
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? 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? 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? Yes
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? Yes
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? Yes
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? Yes
Offered Remarks in 2019/2020 making false Khojaly accusations? No
Traveled to Armenia and/or Artsakh in 2019/2020? Yes
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes


09/04/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Couldn't agree more, @IgnatiusPost. Trump's coziness with Erdogan continues to have detrimental impacts throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and Eurasia. The US is allowing Turkey to threaten strategic partners with no consequence. This must end." View the tweet here.

08/25/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "This is yet another move meant to further alienate religious minorities. Today, I cosponsored H.Res.1050 that calls on Turkey to cease any actions violating the freedoms of religious minorities, and especially the rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate." View the tweet here.

08/21/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Turkey’s recent actions in the Eastern Mediterranean are part of an unfortunate pattern deliberately designed to destabilize the region and capitalize on the resulting chaos." View the tweet here.

07/31/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Signing this MoU formalizes and helps build upon the already strong relationship between the Armenian Caucus and the Friendship Group, creating future opportunities for cooperation, sharing our experiences, and learning how to be better legislators in the process" View the tweet here.

07/31/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "The Aliyev regime is using human rights abuses and corrupt actions to erode the last semblance of democratic norms in Azerbaijan. @StateDept and @DeptofDefense must stop funding this dangerous regime and hold it accountable." View the tweet here.

07/28/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Recently announced Azeri-Turkish military exercises are intended to increase tensions & potential for conflict. @StateDept, @DeptofDefense, and @OSCE Minsk Group must heed warnings about Azerbaijan's aggression." View the tweet here.

07/24/20 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "I was pleased to be able to add language directing the State Department and USAID to fund demining efforts in Artsakh in the appropriations bill that passed the House. This makes it possible for HALO Trust to continue its important demining work in Artsakh. https://pallone.house.gov/media/press-releases/pallone-applauds-house-passage-appropriations-bill-funds-demining-program" View the Facebook post here.

07/24/20 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "I was pleased to be able to add language directing the State Department and USAID to fund demining efforts in Artsakh in the appropriations bill that passed the House. This makes it possible for HALO Trust to continue its important demining work in Artsakh. https://pallone.house.gov/media/press-releases/pallone-applauds-house-passage-appropriations-bill-funds-demining-program" View the Facebook post here.

07/20/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "This amendment is important as Azerbaijan threatens Armenia’s safety and sovereignty with offensive attacks staged by Azeri armed forces in Armenia’s Tavush region. We should not aid and abet reckless, autocratic states with appalling human rights records." View the tweet here.

07/17/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Discussed improved US - Armenia partnership and ways to combat Azerbaijan’s aggression on video call between leaders of the Congressional Armenia Caucus and the Armenia-US Parliamentary Friendship Group." View the tweet here.

07/15/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I sent a letter with Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs @RepAdamSchiff, @RepGusBilirakis, and @RepSpeier to @SecPompeo and @EsperDoD requesting the Trump Administration hold Azerbiajan accountable for violence along the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The United States should not be aiding and abetting a reckless, autocratic state like Azerbaijan for any reason, especially not when it threatens a democratic partner like Armenia." View the tweet here.

07/13/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Azerbaijan is once again attempting to start a war with Armenia. Azerbaijan’s constant use of caustic rhetoric aimed at Armenia and Artsakh are part of a concerted effort to provoke another conflict." View the tweet here.

06/24/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Thank you to @USCIRF for condemning Turkey's inhumane assaults on civilians in northern Iraq. The US must send a clear message and diplomatically work with our allies to end Erdogan's reckless, dangerous, and cruel actions in the region: " View the tweet here.

06/10/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "One thing is absolutely clear: Turkey is an unsafe place to live for minority communities because of the rhetoric and actions taken by the Erdogan regime. @StateDept @USEmbassyTurkey must confront this problem." View the tweet here.

05/29/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Yesterday, millions of Armenians worldwide celebrated #FirstRepublicDay. I echo PM Pashinyan's words "The Republic of Armenia must exist on the planet Earth forever, Armenia's flag... symbolizing our spirit and pride, our freedom and sovereignty."" View the tweet here.

05/22/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I led bipartisan letters to @SecPompeo @EsperDoD & the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group denouncing reckless Azerbaijani military exercises aimed at intimidating & provoking the Republic of Armenia." View the tweet here.

05/16/20 - Rep. Palloine tweeted "Extremely concerned to see increasingly repressive tactics aimed at democratically elected opposition mayors in Turkey. President Erdogan must immediately halt these autocratic actions & instead focus more on fighting the pandemic, not attacking democracy. We also saw the dangerous impact Erdogan’s hateful rhetoric has on minority populations when someone attempted to burn the Dznunt Surp Asdvadzadzni Church in ?stanbul on May 8. This came only 4 days after he disparaged Armenian Genocide survivors. This is shameful & disgusting." View the tweet here.

05/16/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Extremely concerned to see increasingly repressive tactics aimed at democratically elected opposition mayors in Turkey. President Erdogan must immediately halt these autocratic actions & instead focus more on fighting the pandemic, not attacking democracy." View the tweet here.

04/24/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "On its 105th Anniversary, we honor the victims and survivors of the #ArmenianGenocide and acknowledge the resolve of the Armenian people. Recognition of the Genocide is a powerful reminder that we must not turn away when we know crimes against humanity have been perpetrated. I proudly joined my colleagues in Congress to officially recognize the Genocide last fall. In doing this, we were paying tribute to the victims of that horrific chapter of history, honoring the perseverance of those who survived, and embracing the Americans of Armenian descent." View the tweet here.

04/24/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I proudly joined my colleagues in Congress to officially recognize the Genocide last fall. In doing this, we were paying tribute to the victims of that horrific chapter of history, honoring the perseverance of those who survived, and embracing the Americans of Armenian descent." View the tweet here.

04/17/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Led a letter from the Congressional Armenian Caucus to President-Elect Arayik Harutyunyan, congratulating the people of Artsakh on a successful, democratic election. The letter also calls for official US recognition of Artsakh as an independent nation." View the tweet here.

03/12/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to meet Dr. Nanako Murata, who was on Capitol Hill as part of the @ANCA_DC Endowment's Raphael Lemkin Series. She spoke about the Japanese captain of the Tokei-Maru that bravely rescued Greek and Armenian refugees from certain death in Smyrna in 1922." View the tweet here.

03/05/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to meet with the Majority Leader of the Armenian National Assembly @LilitMakunts. and Armenian Ambassador @VaruzhanN today. Discussed the need for an increased US-Armenia strategic dialogue commensurate with the incredible progress made there in the last 2 years" View the tweet here.

02/23/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I would like to congratulate the Peoples' Democratic Party @HDPgenelmerkezi for its 4th annual Congress. I condemn Turkish Dictator Erdogan's attacks on elected officials from your party that prevent them from representing their constituents." View the tweet here.

02/12/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Participated in Congressional commemoration of the Baku and Sumgait pogroms committed by Azerbaijan against Armenians. Powerful story by Anna Astvatsaturian Turcotte who personally witnessed and suffered as a result of these atrocities. " View the tweet here.

01/30/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Hundreds of Armenians living in Azerbaijan were killed during the Sumgait and Baku pogroms because of their ethnicity. I submitted remarks today to commemorate the anniversaries of these atrocities. Crimes against humanity cannot go unpunished or unrecognized." View the tweet here.

01/28/20 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Had a good meeting with @armembusa Ambassador Nersesyan today. We discussed the need for continued funding of demining activities in #Artsakh & the massive increase in US security assistance to Azerbaijan. This funding is against US precedent & could threaten Armenia's safety." View the tweet here.

12/13/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to see the US Ambassador to #Armenia, Lynne Tracy @usembarmenia. We asked her about continued funding for @TheHALOTrust, which conducts demining missions in Artsakh. We also pushed for the historic parity in military funding between Azerbaijan and Armenia." View the tweet here.

12/08/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "St. Stepanos Armenian Church, Elberon, food and bake sale. Pictured with pastor and leaders of women’s guild who sold me a painting of Mt. Ararat." View the tweet here.

11/21/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "That’s why my colleagues and I wrote again to the @StateDept urging the Trump Administration to restore parity to #Armenia and Azerbaijan." View the tweet here.

11/14/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Someone should explain to @LindseyGrahamSC that not everything Congress does reflects the lies and propaganda President Trump and Erdogan want to see from their political stooges." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Thanks to the Open World Leadership Center and the Armenia-US Friendship Group for inviting me to speak tonight on my work to further the US - Armenia partnership." View the tweet here.

11/12/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Another day, another example of the president using a foreign policy decision to fill his coffers. Trump plainly stated, “I have a little conflict of interest because I have a major, major building in Istanbul.” Trump’s financial and family interests are driving our policy toward Turkey - not the interests of the United States and our allies." View the Facebook post here.

11/12/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to spend time today with Armenia-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group and @armembusa on a U.S. Capitol Tour. Afterward, we discussed Armenia's progress toward becoming a market-driven and open democracy, and how the U.S. can best aid in its transition." View the tweet here.

10/31/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Meeting with Artsakh’s Foreign Minister and the Permanent Representative to the United States prior to a reception celebrating Artsakh’s independence and recognition as a sovereign nation." View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Today, the House passed a historic resolution to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. Beginning in 1915, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were systemically murdered in what is now present-day Turkey. I stood with my colleagues on the House floor today to pay tribute to victims of this horrific chapter of history, to the perseverance of those who survived, and to the Americans of Armenian descent who continue to strengthen our country. Read more here: https://pallone.house.gov/media/press-releases/pallone-applauds-house-passage-armenian-genocide-resolution" View the Facebook post here.

10/24/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Next week, the House of Representatives will take a historic vote to officially recognize the #ArmenianGenocide. America must speak up in opposition to crimes against humanity, especially as Turkey threatens a new ethnic cleansing campaign in Northern Syria." View the tweet here.

10/23/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Trump gives brutal authoritarian Erdogan the green light to attack our allies in Syria then rewards him with this. Another damaging foreign policy decision that weakens U.S. leadership in the region and strengthens adversaries like Russia and Assad." View the Facebook post here.

10/21/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Azeri President Aliyev once again reveals his hatred of open dialogue and disdain for equality. Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of democracy. This crackdown silences opposition. The United States must stop engaging with this brutal regime immediately." View the tweet here.

10/16/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "With my support, the House just passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan resolution to condemn Trump’s reckless decision to abandon our allies in Syria and demand that Turkey immediately halt strikes on the Kurds. Turkey’s senseless violence helps ISIS and must be stopped?." View the Facebook post here.

10/16/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "With my support, the House just passed an overwhelmingly bipartisan resolution to condemn Trump’s reckless decision to abandon our allies in Syria and demand that Turkey immediately halt strikes on the Kurds. Turkey’s senseless violence helps ISIS and must be stopped." View the tweet here.

10/07/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Trump gave Erdogan the green light to attack our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria - who fought with us against ISIS. His inept foreign policy and lack of strategy will result in the loss of civilian life and damage US credibility around the world." View the Facebook post here.

09/29/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "A significant increase in military aid to Azerbaijan violates the precedent of parity the US has had for decades between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Armenia caucus leaders joined me in advocating for an immediate halt in military aid to Azerbaijan." View the tweet here.

09/22/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "St. Stepanos Armenian Independence Day picnic in Elberon. Armenian Americans are inspired by the progress that has been made in Armenia towards democracy and the rule of law." View the tweet here.

09/19/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Met with Armenian Ambassador to the US Varuzhan Nersesyan. We discussed the importance of supporting the information technology sector in #Armenia." View the tweet here.

09/18/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to see young advocates for #Armenia on Capitol Hill for the Independence Day Reception. In the aftermath of the Velvet Revolution, it is more important than ever for the US to support the new Armenian government." View the tweet here.

09/02/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Led a letter with my fellow Co-Chairs on the Armenian Caucus congratulating the Republic of Artsakh on their Independence Day! Artsakh is an exemplar of democracy and freedom in the region, and we remain hopeful that an enduring peace can be reached that keeps Artsakh Armenian." View the tweet here.

06/05/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Honored to receive the Barbed Wire Award at the Annual Cyprus & Hellenic Leadership Conference. Barbed wire is a stark reminder of the division of Cyprus and Turkey's continued aggressions in the Eastern Mediterranean. I’ll continue advocating for a unified Cyprus." View the Facebook post here.

06/05/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Honored to receive the Barbed Wire Award at the Annual Cyprus & Hellenic Leadership Conference. Barbed wire is a stark reminder of the division of Cyprus and Turkey's continued aggressions in the Eastern Mediterranean. I’ll continue advocating for a unified Cyprus." View the tweet here.

04/28/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Times Square Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Thanks to all the Armenian Americans who support the Armenia Caucus’s efforts for genocide recognition, a strong U.S.-Armenia relationship, and peace proposals that keep Artsakh Armenian." View the Facebook post here.

04/25/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "This hate-filled speech #Erdogan gave yesterday on the day to commemorate the #ArmenianGenocide was a disgusting denial of historical facts. I stand with @NikolPashinyan and Armenians everywhere in condemning a new low from this brutal authoritarian." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Pallone posted the following to Facebook: "Today, we honor the victims and survivors of the #ArmenianGenocide on the 104th Anniversary and remember the perseverance of the Armenian people. I am working with Rep. Adam Schiff, Rep. Gus Bilirakis, and my colleagues in Congress to officially make the United States recognize the Armenian Genocide. I am extremely disappointed that the President has refused to call the #ArmenianGenocide exactly what it was – an organized and premeditated attempt to wipe out the Armenian population. This denial only perpetuates the long-running Turkish denial of these horrific events. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/statement-president-armenian-remembrance-day-2019/" View the Facebook post here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Today, we honor the victims & survivors of the #ArmenianGenocide on the 104th Anniversary & remember the perseverance of the Armenian people. I'm working w/ @RepAdamSchiff @RepGusBilirakis, & my colleagues in Congress to officially make the U.S. recognize the Armenian Genocide." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I'm extremely disappointed that the President has refused to call the #ArmenianGenocide exactly what it was – an organized and premeditated attempt to wipe out the Armenian population." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Despite Erdogan’s brutal crackdown on political opponents and free speech, there were signs of democratic hope in Turkish local elections last month. The US must do more to support pro-democracy opposition and encourage a more peaceful, democratic Turkey:" View the tweet here.

04/23/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "It is shocking that @NatlParkService would grant TASC a permit to stage a protest right next to the Armenian Genocide Commemoration in DC given the genocide-denying, pro-Erdogan groups’ past provocations of violence in the US. I call on them to immediately revoke this permit." View the tweet here.

04/10/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Great to commemorate the Armenian Genocide with @RepSchneider, @armembusa, and Elise Aronson yesterday on Capitol Hill with the Armenian Caucus. We are focused on Armenia’s Velvet Revolution as a model of democracy among former Soviet republics." View the tweet here.

04/03/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "It was a pleasure to welcome Anna Hakobyan, Editor-in-Chief of the Armenian Times Daily & wife of Armenian PM @NikolPashinyan, to the Capitol last night along with my Armenian Caucus colleagues. We will continue to push for a stronger US-Armenian partnership this Congress." View the tweet here.

03/08/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "The US Gov maintains an outdated, self-imposed ban on engagement with #Artsakh b/c of pressure from Azerbaijan. The Artsakh Travel & Communications Resolution I introduced urges US to finally recognize Artsakh & encourage more direct US-Artsakh cooperation." View the tweet here.

02/13/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Pleasure to meet with Armenian Amb Nersesyan @armembusa today to discuss need for elevated strategic dialogue between our countries through the US-ARM Joint Economic Task Force. Also discussed need for closer economic ties/cooperation in areas like the high tech and IT sectors." View the tweet here.

01/30/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "These flags hung at #Armenian schools were clearly meant to be a hateful, direct threat against the children taught within them. The perpetrator of this crime must be brought to justice by the LAPD." View the tweet here.

01/28/19 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "It is critical for the US to recognize and denounce violent assaults against civilians. That is why I continue to stand with the Armenian people in condemning the horrific massacre known as the Sumgait pogroms" View the tweet here.

12/16/18 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "St Stepanos Armenian Church in Elberon Holiday Bake Sale with Fr Daniel Karadjian and Raffi Karakashian." View the tweet here.

12/13/18 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Met today with newly-appointed Armenian Ambassador Varuzhan Nersesyan. We had a great discussion on the need for US Congress to work hand-in-hand with @armembusa to further strengthen Armenia’s unprecedented democratic and economic reforms in the coming months." View the tweet here.

09/26/18 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Wonderful tribute to my good friend Annie Totah at the @ARAMAC_DC gala last night. For as long as I've known her, Annie has been a leading defender of human rights and a vocal advocate of Armenia, Artsakh and the Armenian-American community. Congratulations!" View the tweet here.

09/23/18 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "Enjoyed the best Armenian food at St Stepanos Armenian Independence Day picnic in Elberon. Everyone there was very optimistic about Armenia's future in the aftermath of the Velvet Revolution." View the tweet here.

09/21/18 - Rep. Pallone tweeted "I would like to offer my sincere congratulations to the people of Armenia on 27 years of independence from the Soviet Union. Armenian people have lived up to their pledge to create a free and independent nation, built on strong democratic principles - especially since Velvet Rev." View the tweet here.
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