POLICY

Shape U.S. foreign aid policy in support of the ANCA’s regional priorities, by advancing provisions in the annual State-Foreign Operations bill that mandate increased direct U.S. humanitarian investments in Artsakh, substantially expanded development assistance to Armenia, fully funded U.S.-Armenia military cooperation, and common-sense restrictions on U.S. military and security assistance to Azerbaijan.

PRIORITIES

A hard earmark appropriating no less than $10,000,000 for Artsakh in the foreign aid bill, for life-saving de-mining and regional rehabilitation services.

A hard earmark appropriating no less than $90,000,000 in development aid for Armenia in the foreign aid bill.

A prohibition in the foreign aid bill on any funds to Azerbaijan until it has taken demonstrable steps to cease all blockades and other offensive uses of force against Armenia and Artsakh.

Additional U.S. military aid and security assistance to help develop Armenia’s peace-keeping cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense and NATO.

Full transparency, careful Congressional scrutiny, and strict enforcement of Section 907 of the FREEDOM Support Act restrictions related to U.S. military or security aid to Azerbaijan.

RESULTS

Secured passage of the Cox Amendment (2019) and the Valadao Amendment (2017) to the foreign aid bill, appropriating direct U.S. aid to meet humanitarian needs in Artsakh.

Secured House passage of the Speier Amendment (2019) to the FY20 foreign aid bill, increasing U.S. aid to Armenia for democracy programs by $40,000,000.

Advocated successfully—through annual Congressional testimony, Congressional sign-on letters, and nation-wide grassroots advocacy—for over $2.5 billion in U.S. aid to Armenia for humanitarian, economic, democracy, and infrastructure programs.

Spearheaded direct U.S. aid to Artsakh in the Fiscal Year 1998 foreign aid bill, making the U.S. the only country to provide such direct aid (over $45,000,000). This investment in peace has funded maternal health care, clean water, de-mining, and other humanitarian programs.

Partnered with the HALO Trust (2019) to secure the signatures of 89 U.S. Representatives and 22 U.S. Senators on a letter opposing Administration attempts to shut down USAID funding for life-saving de-mining programs in Artsakh.

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