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

James McGovern

D- Massachusetts
District 2

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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? 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? 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? No
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes


04/24/20 - Rep. McGovern posted the following to Facebook: "Today is Armenian Genocide Memorial Day. #Worcester is home to one of the oldest #Armenian communities in America and I usually mark this solemn day in person with my Armenian friends and neighbors. Even though we can't do that this year, I recorded this video for our Armenian community and I stand in solidarity with Armenians around the world in solemn remembrance of the #ArmenianGenocide and the more than 1.5 million Armenian children, women, and men whose lives were taken. We must embrace the truth and stand together against the bigotry and hatred that leads to such evil. #NeverForget ????????" View the Facebook post here.

04/24/20 - Rep. McGovern tweeted "#Worcester is home to one of the oldest #Armenian communities in the U.S. Today I stand with them & with Armenians around the world in solemn remembrance of the #ArmenianGenocide & the more than 1.5 million Armenian children, women, and men whose lives were taken." View the tweet here.

03/12/20 - Rep. Mcgovern tweeted "Thank you @ANCA_DC I am proud to represent the oldest Armenian community in the United States and to amplify and uplift your voice in Congress!" View the tweet here.

11/09/19 - Rep. McGovern posted the following to Facebook: "I am so grateful to receive the 2019 Freedom Award from the Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region. I‘m honored and humbled by this acknowledgement. Although Congress has passed measures over the years, none have actually called what happened in Armenia what it was — genocide. Recognizing the truth of the Armenian genocide is an issue that’s near and dear to my heart — Worcester is home to the first Armenian-American community in the United States. We also have the oldest Armenian Church in America. When I was first sworn in, I attended a memorial service commemorating the 82nd Anniversary of the Armenian genocide. At that service, at the front of the church, there were pews filled with survivors of the genocide, sixty in total. We lost our last remaining survivor in July of 2015. But I am proud that I was able to honor their memory by bringing to the floor last month a bill to formally recognize the Armenian genocide in the House of Representatives. We cannot say “never again” without justice — and we cannot have justice without truth!" View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. McGovern posted the following to Facebook: "Worcester is home to the oldest Armenian community in America. The first Armenian Orthodox church in America was built in Worcester. People still worship there today. When I was first elected, we had rows and rows of pews filled with survivors of the Armenian Genocide sitting at the front of the church during our annual April remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Sadly, almost two years ago, the last of our survivors, Rose, passed away. I have learned so much from this community. And to those who insist that now is not the time for us to recognize the Armenian Genocide, I have to ask in return - when will it be the right time? When the very last survivor of the genocide has passed away? Standing up for human rights is not a Democratic or Republican issue. It’s an American issue. And even in this age of heightened partisanship, I’m proud that this Congress voted to speak with one voice against genocide by passing this resolution with overwhelming bipartisan support." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. McGovern posted the following to Facebook: "Today I managed debate for the Rules Committee as we brought to the floor H.Res. 296, a resolution recognizing and memorializing the Armenian Genocide, the first genocide of the 20th Century. Lasting from 1915 to 1923, more than 1.5 million Armenians were killed, as well as members of many other religious and ethnic minority groups. Though several proclamations have been issued by the Executive Branch and measures passed by Congress over the years, none in modern times have stated the facts while clearly calling this conflict what it was – a genocide. With passage of this resolution, the United States will finally join 31 other nations and 49 out of 50 states in fully acknowledging the facts about the Armenian Genocide. Recognizing this genocide is the right thing to do, and I wish we took this step long ago. But it is always the right time to do the right thing." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. McGovern tweeted "Today I managed debate for @RulesDemocrats as we brought to the floor H.Res. 296, a resolution recognizing and memorializing the #ArmenianGenocide. Here are my opening remarks:" View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. McGovern tweeted "??via @wbz @kelleratlarge : Today the House voted to officially recognize the #ArmenianGenocide. This is a big day for the Armenian community in #Massachusetts and worldwide. Standing up for human rights is an American issue and I was proud to help bring this bill to the floor." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Rep. McGovern posted the following to Facebook: "#Worcester is home to one of the oldest #Armenian communities in the U.S. Today I stand with them & with Armenians around the world in solemn remembrance of the #ArmenianGenocide and the more than 1.5 million Armenian children, women, and men whose lives were taken. I have had the honor of meeting survivors and hearing their incredible stories of courage and perseverance. We must embrace the truth and stand together against the bigotry and hatred that leads to such evil. #NeverForget ????????" View the Facebook post here.
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