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

Jamie Raskin

D- Maryland
District 8

2020 GRADE
Previous Member

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)? 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? No
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? 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? No
Signed the 2020 Crenshaw Letter to Block Erdogan’s Visit to DC? No
Issued a 2020 Statement Calling for Artsakh Recognition? No
Issued a 2020 Statement Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? No
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? No
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

02/13/20 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "As a member of the Congressional Armenian Caucus, I made a statement in the Congressional Record to honor the memory of all who were killed & displaced in brutal pogroms in Azerbaijan between 1988-90. We must reject ethnic & religious violence against minorities everywhere." View the tweet here.

12/10/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "In #Turkey, President #Erdo?an has held Kurdish politician Selahattin #Demirta? in prison for over 3 years for making political speeches." View the tweet here.

12/10/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "I was greatly troubled to learn that #Demirta? became ill and lost consciousness in prison only weeks ago. #Turkey did not allow him access to a hospital for a week." View the tweet here.

12/10/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "Although I am encouraged by reports that indicate #Demirta?’ condition was not life threatening, his health should not be deteriorating in prison simply because President #Erdo?an fears political freedom and democracy." View the tweet here.

12/10/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "On this #HumanRightsDay, I call on President #Erdo?an to immediately release Selahattin Demirta? and all political prisoners standing up for human rights and democracy in #Turkey. #FreeDemirta?" View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "It is an outrage that President Trump has honored Turkey’s #Erdogan today with a White House meeting. I have repeatedly called for the President to end his dangerous infatuation and complicity with Erdogan and other brutal autocrats abusing the rights of the people." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "During his infamous May 2017 visit to the White House, #Erdogan dispatched his thugs to beat up peaceful protestors, demonstrating before the world his contempt not only for human rights but for the rule of law in America." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Rep. Raskin tweeted "This time, Erdogan's visit coincides with Turkey’s savage military campaign in northern Syria – an invasion that has killed hundreds of civilians, displaced and driven from their homes over 160,000 people, and produced a massive humanitarian crisis." View the tweet here.

10/20/19 - Rep. Raskin posted the following to Facebook: "The unjust imprisonment of Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirta? by President Erdogan is an outrage. That’s why I’m advocating for his release through the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission’s Defending Freedoms Project. Democratically-elected members of government like Demirta? should not be rotting in prison simply because their party is out of power. I stand for the freedom of Selahattin Demirta? and call on the Turkish government to release him immediately." View the Facebook post here.
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