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ANCA Report Card: 114th Congress (2015-2016)

Loretta Sanchez

D- California
District 46

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Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Truth + Justice Resolution (H. Res. 154)? Yes
Cosponsored Legislation Condemning the Genocide Against Christians and Other Minorities in the Middle East (H.Con.Res.75)? No
Cosponsored the Azerbaijan Democracy Act (H.R.4264)? No
Signed the October, 2015 Royce-Engel Letter Offering Common-Sense Solutions to Stop Azerbaijani Aggression Against Artsakh and Armenia? Yes
Signed the March, 2016 Royce-Sherman Letter Calling for Implementation of the Royce-Engel Proposals to End Azerbaijani Aggression? Yes
Signed the April, 2015 Armenian Genocide Centennial Letter to President Obama? Yes
Signed the March 2015 / 2016 Letters Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities? Yes
Participated in the April 2015 / 2016 Capitol Hill Commemorations of the Armenian Genocide? Yes
Participated in the December 2015 Capitol Hill Event Marking the 24th Anniversary of Nagorno Karabakh Republic Independence? No
Offered Remarks in 2015 / 2016 in Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in the House of Representatives? Yes
Offered Remarks in 2015 / 2016 in Remembrance of the Pogroms in Sumgait, Baku, and Kirovabad in the House of Representatives? No
Offered Remarks in 2015 / 2016 Regarding Khojaly in the House of Representatives? No
Member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues? Yes

04/28/2016 - Rep. Sanchez called for a "Leahy Law" investigation into reports that the Azerbaijan armed forces, which annually receive millions of dollars in U.S. military aid, committed gross violations of human rights during Baku’s April 2nd offensive against Nagorno Karabakh. Watch the video here.

04/28/15 - Statement submitted to the Congressional Record on the Armenian Genocide

"Mr. Speaker, on this day I would like to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. On this month 100 years ago, April 1915, the Ottoman Empire began a campaign of forced deportation, starvation, and massacres of over 1.5 million Armenians. This tragic event would later be used as an example for how we define and understand the word genocide.

The modern state of Turkey continues to deny the events of the past. Those who deny the Holocaust, the destruction of European Jewry, are met with outrage and disdain, as they should. Equally, the denial of the Armenian Genocide should elicit the same reaction. Denial of this atrocious event disrespects the lives of all those who perished. The Armenian Genocide is not a contested debate. It is not of varying opinion. It is an undisputed historical fact.

For decades our Armenian-American communities have urged the American government to rightly recognize the actions of the Ottoman Empire as genocide. President Obama recently characterized the actions of the Ottoman Empire as ``the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.'' This is an accurate description, but it is truly disappointing that he decided not to use the word genocide. Armenians do not seek retribution for the acts of violence inflicted upon their ancestors. Armenians simply seek closure to a very dark and tragic chapter of their otherwise proud and distinguished history."


12/01/2015 - Lobbyists from the Podesta Group e-mailed Eduardo Lerma from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding US-Azeri relations

12/01/2015 - Lobbyists from the Podesta Group e-mailed Eduardo Lerma from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding US-Azeri relations

04/20/2015 - Richard Gephardt of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Shane Moore from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding US-Turkish relations

04/20/2015 - Richard Gephardt of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Jennifer Warburton from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding US-Turkish relations

04/17/2015 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Shane Moore Annie Yea from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding follow up to 4/15 e-mail

04/15/2015 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Shane Moore from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding 4/21 Turkey Caucus meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister & Ambassador

04/09/2015 - Brian Forni of Brian Forni Inc. e-mailed Shane Moore from the office of Loretta Sanchez regarding an invitation for US-Turkish relations
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