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

Robert Dold

R- Illinois
District 10

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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)? Yes
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? Yes
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

09/02/16 - The Congressional Armenian Caucus Leadership congratulates the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh on 25 years of independence. Read about it here.

07/13/16 – Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Pallone and Dold announced the expansion of the Armenian Caucus leadership in a news item. Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and David Valadao (R-CA) are joining Reps. Pallone and Dold as Caucus Co-Chairs; Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and David Trott (R-MI) will serve as Armenian Caucus Vice-Chairs. Read the ANCA news item here.

06-02-2016 - Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone and Robert Dold issued a statement welcoming Germany's recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Read the statement here.

04/16 - Member attended Armenian Genocide community event.

04/07/2016 - Rep. Dold condemns Azerbaijani attacks against Nagorno Karabakh. Read the statement here.

04/23/15 - Remarks offered on the House floor in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide - Mr. Speaker, as I stand before you today, it is with a heavy heart that I think back to the events and to the atrocities that began 100 years ago.

This week, millions of us will gather around the world to mark the centennial of the Armenian genocide. Today, I stand to remember the 1.5 million Armenians who perished from 1915 to 1923.

As a crime against all humanity, the Armenian genocide has left an indelible mark on all of us. Unfortunately, Turkey, the successor to the Ottoman Empire, has never accepted responsibility for these atrocities. Instead, Turkey continues to hide behind the bullying tactics that conceal violations of human rights.

As a world leader and as a country that stands for freedom and justice for all, we must recognize the events that occurred and work to change the policies that ignore the actions of the Ottoman Empire against the people of Armenia. The continued campaign of denial sets a dangerous precedent that makes future atrocities and genocides more likely. As the greatest force for human dignity in the world, the United States is long overdue to stand with the Armenian people. We cannot continue to play politics with something that is this important.

For me, it is incredibly disappointing that the administration will not follow in the footsteps of many world leaders, most recently those of Germany, Austria, and the Vatican, who have recognized this genocide on its 100th anniversary.

03/18/15 - Remarks offered on the House floor in remembrance of the Armenian Genocide -Mr. Speaker, I certainly want to thank my good friend for raising an important issue about religious freedom. It certainly is critical.

As we look at some of the atrocities that are happening around the world, Mr. Speaker, I want to rise today to talk about the Armenian genocide that happened nearly 100 years ago. This year actually marks the 100th anniversary.

As the eyes of the world focus on ISIS and the brutal killings of innocent Christians in the Middle East, we must recognize the horrors of the past if we hope to avoid repeating them in the future.

Mr. Speaker, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide , during which the Ottoman Turks systematically exterminated over 1.5 million Armenians and Christian minorities. This genocide is a fact and cannot be ignored. It is settled history.

Turkey, however, has never accepted the responsibility and has continued to hide behind its brutal tactics that shroud violations of human rights. Even as 11 of our NATO allies and 42 U.S. States have recognized Turkey's leading role in this atrocity, this body has yet to do so.

The continued campaign of denial sets a dangerous precedent that makes future atrocities, in my opinion, Mr. Speaker, more likely. While ordering his military leaders to attack Poland, Adolf Hitler rationalized: ``Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?''

Mr. Speaker, if we deny that these atrocities exist, we actually perpetuate the potential that it may happen again. We must join the international community to speak with a unified voice against this genocide .

Our bipartisan Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution, H. Res. 154 - just dropped - would send an unequivocal message that we will never forget those that were lost, nor will we tolerate human rights abuses of any kind.

Today, Mr. Speaker, I rise to remember the 100th anniversary - on April 24, to be specific - of the Armenian genocide . I call on our colleagues in the United States Congress to speak out by passing the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution so that we can end the denial once and for all.

04/15 - Rep. Dold attended Armenian Genocide community event.

03/17/2015 - David Thompson of Dickstein Shapiro e-mailed Kim Brisky from the office of Bob Dold regarding US-Turkish relations

03/17/2015 - David Thompson of Dickstein Shapiro e-mailed James Slepian from the office of Bob Dold regarding US-Turkish relations

02/24/2015 - David Thompson of Dickstein Shapiro e-mailed Kim Brisky from the office of Bob Dold regarding US-Turkish relations

02/12/2015 - David Thompson of Dickstein Shapiro e-mailed Kim Brisky from the office of Bob Dold regarding US-Turkish relations

02/12/2015 - David Thompson of Dickstein Shapiro met with Bob Dold from the office of Bob Dold regarding US-Turkish relations
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