Key Legislation / Initiatives (115th Congress)

Key Legislation

On March 22, 2017, Representatives David Trott (R-MI) and Adam Schiff (D-CA), with the support of their Armenian Caucus colleagues, introduced H.Res.220, a bipartisan genocide prevention measure that draws upon the lessons of the Armenian Genocide to inform and inspire present-day U.S. leadership in averting new atrocities across the Middle East and around the world.

On April 24, 2017, Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), along with Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ed Markey (D-MA), and Tom Udall (D-NM), introduced S.Res.136, a bipartisan Armenian Genocide Resolution encouraging the U.S. President to work toward improved Armenian-Turkish relations based upon Ankara’s full acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide.

A key element of the ANCA’s legislative agenda is active engagement with U.S. House and Senate appropriators on a range of provisions in the FY18 State-Foreign Operations bill, including continued support for Artsakh de-mining, expanded economic aid to Armenia, and assistance for Yerevan’s transition support for refugees from Syria.

The ANCA also supports a range of other regionally focused legislation impacting U.S. policy on the Caucasus, including H.Res.537, a sanctions bill introduced on September 26, 2017 by Representatives Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Jim McGovern (D-MA), that aims to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives by challenging Azerbaijan’s worsening record on the rule of law and human rights.


Congressional Initiatives