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

Jackie Speier

D- California
District 14

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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? 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? 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? 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? 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


07/25/20 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "The vandalism scarring the KZV School and Armenian Community Center must be investigated. It is an act of hate and should be considered a hate crime. My heart goes out to KZV’s students, teachers and parents. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. http://asbarez.com/195634/san-franciscos-krouzain-zakarian-school-armenian-center-vandalized/" View the Facebook post here.

07/25/20 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "The vandalism scarring the KZV School and Armenian Community Center must be investigated. It is an act of hate and should be considered a hate crime. My heart goes out to KZV’s students, teachers and parents. The perpetrators must be brought to justice. http://asbarez.com/195634/san-franciscos-krouzain-zakarian-school-armenian-center-vandalized/" View the Facebook post here.

07/25/20 - Rep. Speier tweeted "The vandalism scarring the KZV School and Armenian Community Center must be investigated. It is an act of hate and should be considered a hate crime. My heart goes out to KZV’s students, teachers and parents. The perpetrators must be brought to justice." View the tweet here.

06/20/20 - Rep. Speier tweeted "@POTUS’s botched Friday night massacre has bled into Saturday. The chaos of the firing of the US Atty investigating POTUS’ personal lawyers & a Turkish bank connected to Trump has culminated in Berman’s resignation. Yet again, DOJ is reduced to Trump’s personal hit squad." View the tweet here.

04/25/20 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "This year marks the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were systematically murdered by the Ottoman Empire. My family members were among them. I join all Armenians today in solemn remembrance of those who perished. Last year I had the opportunity to travel to Armenia and to witness firsthand the beautiful rebirth of a new democracy. I am filled with hope for this new generation of Armenians. We will never forget the past as we look forward to a better future for all. https://www.facebook.com/ArmenianAssembly/videos/542945396628580/" View the Facebook post here.

02/11/20 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "I just spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baku pogroms and push for increased US aid to Armenia and Artsakh. We must keep fighting for justice!" View the Facebook post here.

02/11/20 - Rep. Speier tweeted "I just spoke on the House floor to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Baku pogroms and push for increased US aid to Armenia and Artsakh. We must keep fighting for justice!" View the tweet here.

11/01/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Thrilled to celebrate with the students and teachers of KZV Armenian School on the passage, after 35 years, of the resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide and to denounce it as a matter of US foreign policy. We must say never again to genocides." View the tweet here.

10/30/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Honored to welcome Artsakh’s visiting Foreign Minister. What a great day to celebrate Artsakh’s independence, Armenia’s growing democracy, and Congress’ historic and overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to recognize the #ArmenianGenocide." View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "Today, I joined my colleagues in the House of Representatives in voting to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide. April 24, 1915 is a day that I grew up understanding from my Armenian mother to be one of the darkest in history. As a child, I heard her speak of the genocide of our people with pain and fear. Her pain lives on in me and millions of Armenians, but that pain was lessened by today’s historic recognition of this atrocity." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "I grew up understanding April 24, 1915 to be one of the darkest in history. As a child, my mother spoke of it w/pain & fear. Her pain lives on in me & millions of Armenians, but was lessened today w/Congress's historic recognition of the #ArmenianGenocide." View the tweet here.

10/09/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "Talking to Kim Kardashian about our shared Armenian heritage and goal to see the US once again formally recognize the #ArmenianGenocide." View the Facebook post here.

10/09/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Talking to @KimKardashian about our shared Armenian heritage and goal to see the US once again formally recognize the #ArmenianGenocide." View the tweet here.

10/08/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "It was an honor to join representatives from the HALO Trust today to learn about their demining efforts in Artsakh. It was Inspiring to see the amazing work done so far, but the successful removal of all landmine contamination will require sustained funding from USAID. Artsakh’s mine-free status will be delayed indefinitely without sustained USAID funding. USAID Administrator Mark Green must make good on his promise to Congress to see the job through to the end. It’s time to remove this heartbreaking legacy of conflict and finally allow Armenians to develop their land in peace and safety." View the Facebook post here.

07/30/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "My annual meeting with interns from the Armenian Assembly and the Armenian National Committee of America is one of my favorite events as I enjoy sitting down with these dedicated, talented, and intelligent students to hear about the issues that matter most to them. This year's group was no exception as the students eloquently and passionately spoke about their support for H.Res 296, the Armenian Genocide Resolution, and their concern for our future election security. Meeting with congressional interns always inspires me and gives me great hope for the future." View the Facebook post here.

07/15/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Honored to extend an invitation to Archbishop Tanielian, Prelate of Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America, to deliver an opening prayer in the House of Representatives today. May we live up to the hopes of his prayer." View the tweet here.

06/20/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Proud to join @FrankPallone in celebrating a century of U.S.-Armenian friendship. As 1 of 2 Armenian-American Members of Congress, I take my role in safeguarding U.S. aid to Armenia & enacting programs to build Armenia’s blossoming democracy to heart." View the tweet here.

06/18/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "The House made history tonight, and bolstered the spread of democracy worldwide, with the passage of my amendment to allocate $40 million for Armenian democracy assistance! Next up is a vote in the House minibus and then it's on to the Senate! https://speier.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congresswoman-jackie-speier-passes-historic-amendment-provide-more-40" View the Facebook post here.

06/18/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "The House made history tonight, and bolstered the spread of democracy worldwide, with the passage of my amendment to allocate $40 million for Armenian democracy assistance! Next up is a vote in the House minibus and then it's on to the Senate/" View the tweet here.

05/17/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "The joint Congressional Armenian Issues and UXO/Demining Caucuses reception commemorating the 25th anniversary of the ceasefire between Armenia, Nagorno Karabakh, and Azerbaijan brought together a stellar group of people to the US Capitol. I was particularly moved by the work of Armenian-American photographer Scout Tufankjian, who documented HALO's demining activities in the region, and the words of H.E. Mr Varuzhan Nersesyan, the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia. By working together, I believe we can ensure that Nagorno Karabakh, and other areas around the glove still littered with the deadly detritus of war, become safe places for children and families to grow and prosper." View the Facebook post here.

05/17/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Joined my fellow co-chairs in the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues yesterday in praising the outcome of the first U.S.-Armenia Strategic Dialogue (USASD) & look forward to our continued work w/Armenia to strengthen democracy & economic development." View the tweet here.

05/17/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "The Congressional Armenian Issues & UXO/Demining Caucus reception commemorating the 25th anniversary of the N-K ceasefire featured stunning photography by Scout Tufankjian. I will work to ensure our caucuses remain committed to demining efforts here and around the world." View the tweet here.

05/16/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Excited to kick off an event highlighting how the US can help #Armenia build its democracy. Armenia’s progress is so inspiring. We must do more to help them in achieving their goals for peaceful prosperity." View the tweet here.

05/07/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "I am proud to be joined by a group of 28 bipartisan Members of Congress in calling on the President to recognize the Armenian genocide. Justice is long overdue. https://speier.house.gov/sites/speier.house.gov/files/2019_05_06%20POTUS%20Armenia%20Genocide%20Recognition.pdf" View the Facebook post here.

05/07/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Proud to be joined by a group of 28 bipartisan colleagues calling on @POTUS to recognize the Armenian genocide. Justice is long overdue. " View the tweet here.

04/25/19 - Rep. Speier posted the following to Facebook: "In his statement on Armenian Remembrance, President Trump failed yet again to acknowledge the atrocities of the Armenian genocide and missed an opportunity to honor the memory of the victims and send a clear signal to authoritarian and oppressive regimes that their behavior will not be tolerated. https://speier.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-speier-leads-bipartisan-letter-calling-president-recognize-armenian" View the Facebook post here.

04/25/19 - Rep. Speier tweeted "@POTUS failed, yet again, to acknowledge the atrocities of the Armenian genocide, missing an opportunity to honor the memory of the victims and send a clear signal to authoritarian and oppressive regimes that brutality will not be tolerated." View the tweet here.

12/21/18 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Truly alarming that @POTUS withdrew from Syria at Erdogan’s request. We cannot have a President who is so erratic that he heeds the slick talk of a so-called ally over the advice of his distinguished military adviser and Secretary of Defense." View the tweet here.

12/20/18 - Rep. Speier tweeted "This week I sent a letter to @SecPompeo w/ Armenian Caucus co-chairs @RepDaveTrott, @FrankPallone, @RepDavidValadao, @RepAdamSchiff, @RepGusBilirakis calling for expanded US-Armenia Task Force that improves dialogue on democracy assistance & economic ties." View the tweet here.

12/10/18 - Rep. Speier tweeted "Congratulations Armenia on your free elections. My heart is filled w/pride seeing the progress made since Armenia’s Velvet Revolution. I look forward to working with PM Pashinyan & the Armenian people as you continue to build your democracy & we strengthen our nations’ ties." View the tweet here.
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