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

Josh Gottheimer

D- New Jersey
District 5

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2020 GRADE
A+
2020
Previous Member
2018
A+

A+
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? 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? 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? Yes
Signed the 2019 Armenian Genocide Letter to the President? Yes
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? 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


08/30/20 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "Turkey’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean over the past few months have dangerously raised tensions in the region, including impacts on U.S. allies Greece and Cyprus." View the tweet here.

08/28/20 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "I've joined a bipartisan effort to condemn Turkey’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean and to urge the Depts. of Defense and State to work with our regional partners to de-escalate the tension." View the Facebook post here.

08/28/20 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I've joined a bipartisan effort to condemn Turkey’s provocations in the Eastern Mediterranean and to urge the Depts. of Defense and State to work with our regional partners to de-escalate the tension." View the tweet here.

07/17/20 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I condemn the recent cross-border attacks against Armenians, as well as ongoing provocations by Azerbaijan which threaten to dangerously escalate the situation. (1/3) The U.S. must do more to hold Azerbaijan accountable for undermining peace, and call for immediate implementation of the 2015 Royce-Engel peace proposals. (2/3) As a proud member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus, I will continue to support the safety and security of our democratic ally, Armenia. (3/3)" View the tweet here.

04/24/20 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "Today as we commemorate the 105th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, we not only mourn the lives lost, but we rededicate ourselves to recognizing & speaking out against genocide around the world & ensuring that our countries stand united in condemning hatred &violence. The massacre of 1.5 million Armenians, as well as Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians by the Ottoman Empire constituted the 20th Century’s first genocide. As a Jewish American, the need to recognize genocide is a deeply personal for me. I'm proud to represent the strong Armenian communities in North Jersey and will always fight to make sure that we learn from history." View the tweet here.

11/08/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I recently voted for the Armenian Genocide to be reaffirmed by the United States, so that we recognize atrocities as a society and make sure they never happen again. (1/2)" View the tweet here.

11/08/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I was honored to receive this letter from the National Assembly of Armenia about my vote. I will continue to fight for the Armenian community so that atrocities like these will never happen again. (2/2)" View the tweet here.

11/01/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "Watch my weekly update here! I started this week commemorating the lives lost during the Tree of Life synagogue tragedy. We must continue our fight against anti-Semitism and hate. I announced the bipartisan Darren Drake Act to protect Americans from terrorist truck attacks. I co-led a bill that passed the House to officially recognize the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. Lastly, we must continue boosting our return on investment on all the federal dollars NJ sends to Washington. I announced this week that #NJ5 is clawing back $5+ million in FEMA reimbursement from the March 2018 winter storm damages. I'll see you back in North Jersey soon!" View the Facebook post here.

11/01/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I co-led a bill that passed the House to officially recognize the atrocities of the Armenian genocide. Lastly, we must continue boosting our return on investment on all the federal dollars NJ sends to Washington. (2/3)" View the tweet here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus and an original cosponsor of H.Res.296, I am proud that the House will be voting to pass this historic resolution affirming the U.S. government’s recognition of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians and Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians by the Ottoman Empire during the 20th Century’s first genocide. We have a responsibility to bear witness and tell the truth about genocide so that we may learn from history and prevent modern-day atrocities." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "The massacre of 1.5 million Armenians, as well as Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christians by the Ottoman Empire constituted the 20th Century’s first genocide. (1/3) As Jewish American, the need to recognize genocide is a deeply personal for me. With the House coming together to pass this resolution to recognize the Armenian Genocide, we not only mourn the lives lost, but we rededicate ourselves to... (2/3) ...recognizing and speaking out against genocide around the globe and ensuring that our countries stand united in condemning hatred and violence. (3/3)" View the tweet here.

10/20/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "Yesterday, I attended the Armenian Church Food and Arts Festival at St. Leon Armenian Church. I want to thank everyone in the Armenian community for welcoming me, as ever, and for sharing your remarkable culture and history. As a member of the Armenian Caucus, I will always fight for your community and all of #NJ5!" View the Facebook post here.

07/25/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "Honored to visit with Armenian Assembly Speaker Ararat Mirzoyan in the Capitol. I am always proud to be a member of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, co-chaired by my friend & colleague, Frank Pallone Jr. Armenian National Committee of New Jersey - ANC of NJ" View the Facebook post here.

07/10/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "I enjoyed meeting with a great group of talented Armenian Assembly of America Internship Program students from #NJ5 and across the country in the Armenian Assembly of America Summer Internship Program in Washington, DC. I am proud to be a member of the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, co-chaired by my colleague Frank Pallone Jr.." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "This afternoon, #TeamGottheimer attended the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day ceremony hosted by County Executive Tedesco, the Board of Freeholders, and the Knights and Daughters of Vartan. The program honored and remembered the 1.5 million Armenians murdered by the Ottoman Empire and reaffirmed the commitment of state leaders to fight for recognition of the Armenian Genocide." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "Tonight, I had the honor of joining the Armenian National Committee in the commemoration of the Armenian genocide, to mourn the lives lost, and to rededicate ourselves to recognizing and speaking out against genocide around the globe and ensuring that we stand united in condemning hatred and violence." View the Facebook post here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "Today, April 24, is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, when we remember the day in 1915 when hundreds of Armenian intellectuals were rounded up and ultimately murdered at the beginning of the Armenian Genocide." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I am proud to be a member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus and an original cosponsor of H.Res.296, a bipartisan resolution affirming the U.S. government’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the need for education to prevent modern-day genocide and atrocities." View the tweet here.

04/10/19 - Rep. Gottheimer posted the following to Facebook: "This week, I was honored to join the ANCA of America's annual remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Thank you to my friend Ani Tchaghlasian from Mahwah, ANCA Eastern Region Director Aram Balian, His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan Tanielian, and Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian for having me. I am proud to be a member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus and an original cosponsor of H.Res.296. https://anca.org/press-release/at-capitol-hill-remembrance-u-s-legislators-press-for-adoption-of-armenian-genocide-resolution/" View the Facebook post here.

04/10/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "This week, I was honored to join the Armenian National Committee of America's (@ANCA_DC) annual remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. " View the tweet here.

04/10/19 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "I am proud to be a member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus and an original cosponsor of H.Res.296." View the tweet here.

10/15/18 - Rep. Gottheimer tweeted "As a member of the bipartisan Congressional Armenian Caucus, I am proud to stand with NJ’s Armenian community every single day in Congress. I am honored to receive an A+ on the @ANCA_DC legislative report card for the 115th Congress." View the tweet here.
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