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

Peter King

R- New York
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? No
Cosponsored the Resolution Condemning the Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks, H.Res.1165? No
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? No
Signed the 2020 Cox-Sherman-Costa-Clark Letter Calling for Sanctions on Azerbaijan for War Crimes? No
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? No
Signed Letters Supporting Pro-Armenian Foreign Aid Priorities in 2019/2020? No
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? 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? No
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


10/30/19 - Rep. King posted the following to Facebook: "For many years - especially during the Cold War with the Soviet Union - Turkey was a vital NATO ally. It was strategically located as a bridge between East and West and was a secular, non-Islamist Muslim country. Under its President Tayyip Erdogan, who is now a virtual dictator, Turkey has become increasingly Islamist, drawn closer with Russia and is hostile to Israel. Israel. More recently Turkey has launched attacks against the Kurds killing civilians and displacing over 100,000 innocent Kurds. To combat Erdogan I was proud to co-sponsor and vote for the Turkey Sanctions Bill (H.R.4695) which passed the House yesterday by a vote of 403-16. This legislation sanctions Turkish officials committing human rights abuses; prevents the sale of arms for use in Syria; mandates a report on Erdogan’s net worth and assets; and imposed sanctions on Turkey for its purchase of the S-400 air and missile defense system from Russia. I was also a lead co-sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Act (H.Res. 296) which condemns Turkey for massacring 1.5 million Armenians between 1915 and 1923. This Resolution passed the House yesterday by a vote of 404-13."

10/17/19 - Rep. King posted the following to Facebook: "I have made it clear that I disagree with President Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops from Syria. The total number of American troops was approximately 1,000. Though their numbers were small and they were not engaged in combat operations, these troops working with the Kurds were a deterrent against attacks by Turkey and Syria and had crushed the ISIS caliphate. This also prevented Russia and Iran from expanding their influence in the region and strengthened Israel’s security. By withdrawing our troops without notice to allies in the region or to our own military leaders and diplomats, the tragic results are: an invasion by Turkey, the slaughter of our Kurdish allies, the escape of ISIS prisoners held by the Kurds, loss of confidence by our allies including Israel and the expansion of Russian and Iranian power and influence. That is why I voted yesterday for the “Countering Turkish Aggression Act” which, among other things: opposes the decision not to oppose the Turkish invasion; calls on Erdogan to stop the invasion; and calls on the United States to support the Kurds. No American wants United States troops put at unnecessary risk - but the risk of withdrawal in this instance puts many Americans at great risk. ISIS must not be allowed to regroup and attack our homeland and Iran must not be allowed to expand its power base. As we saw on 9/11, America cannot hope to isolate itself from its mortal enemies. In today’s world we can be attacked in minutes from within and without. America must stand strong!!"

01/12/19 - Rep. King posted the following to Facebook: "The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is a brutal dictator who imprisons and kills his political opponents. Erdogan also kidnaps political opponents who have moved from Turkey to live in other countries. NY Knicks star Enes Kanter is from Turkey and an outspoken critic of Erdogan, calling him the “Hitler of our generation.” Recently Kanter said he would not travel with the Knicks to London for a game against the Washington Wizards saying: “They’ve got a lot of spies there. I could get killed very easily.” Kanter’s father, a university professor in Turkey, has lost his job and been put on trial. Kanter says “If you speak out against Erdogan, that means you’re a terrorist. If he cannot put you in jail, then he will take your family away and put them in jail...” This week I was interviewed outside the Capitol Building by TMZ and said that while I didn’t have personal knowledge of Enes Kanter’s situation, I know enough about the Erdogan regime to respect Kanter’s concerns and support his decision not to travel overseas. It is important that we stand with Enes Kanter and against tyrants like Erdogan. Watch video of my TMZ interview here: http://m.tmz.com/#!2019/01/09/peter-king-enes-kanter-hedo-turkoglu/"
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