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

Stephen Lynch

D- Massachusetts
District 8

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2016 GRADE
B+
2020
2018
2016
2014
A-
B+
B+
B+
Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Truth + Justice Resolution (H. Res. 154)? No
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? No
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? No
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

04/27/15 - Statement submitted for the Congressional Record on the Armenian Genocide - Mr. Speaker, I rise to join with Armenians throughout the United States, Armenia, and the world in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. This past week, members and friends of the Armenian community gathered to remember April 24, 1915, when the arrest and murder of 200 Armenian politicians, academics, and community leaders in Constantinople marked the beginning of an eight-year campaign of extermination against the Armenian people by the Ottoman Empire.

Between 1915 and 1923, approximately 1.5 million Armenians were killed and over 500,000 more were exiled to the desert to die of thirst or starvation. The Armenian genocide was the first mass murder of the 20th century, a century that was sadly to be marked by many similar attempts at racial or ethnic extermination, from the Holocaust to the Rwandan genocide to Darfur, Sudan.

As we solemnly remember the victims of this tragedy, let us also celebrate the extraordinary strength and spirit of the Armenian people, who have fought successfully to preserve their culture and identity for over a thousand years. They overcame the horrors of genocide, two world wars, and decades of Soviet dominance in order to establish modern Armenia. In addition, the vibrant Armenian diaspora continues to thrive around the world.

It is only by acknowledging and learning from the past that we can build a future free of racial, ethnic, and religious hate and violence. By remembering the Armenian genocide and speaking out against all such atrocities, we can live up to the promise made to all those who suffered of "never again."

01/29/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding cancellation of visit to Washington by Dr Fuat Oktay, President of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), and hopes to pursue a Members' briefing should trip be rescheduled later in 2016

01/25/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Mariana Osorio from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding Response to query regarding January 2016 visit to Washington of Dr Fuat Oktay, President of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), and possible Members' briefing

01/19/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Mariana Osorio from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding January 2016 visit to Washington of Dr Fuat Oktay, President of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), and possible Members' briefing

01/15/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding follow-up to e-mails of jan 12

01/12/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding visit to Washington of Dr Fuat Oktay, President of the Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) and possible Members'briefing

01/11/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding acknowledgement of thank you message

01/08/2016 - Michael Messmer of Gephardt Group Government Affairs LLP e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding Responding to office's request for information from Turkish Embassy regarding refugee camps, in advance of official Member travel to Turkey and the region

12/07/2015 - Brian Forni of Brian Forni Inc. e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding US-Turkish relations

12/07/2015 - Brian Forni of Brian Forni Inc. e-mailed Bruce Fernandez from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding US-Turkish relations

11/10/2015 - Brian Forni of Brian Forni Inc. e-mailed Jaclyn Cahan from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding US-Turkey relations

06/16/2015 - Brian Forni of Brian Forni Inc. e-mailed Jaclyn Cahan from the office of Stephen Lynch regarding US-Turkey relations
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