April 4, 2004

WASHINGTON, DC – The list of cohosts for the ANCA Armenian Genocide Observance on Capitol Hill topped 110 this week, with Members of Congress representing larger Armenian American constituencies in California and Massachusetts joining those from smaller communities in Kansas, Mississippi and Washington in marking this solemn occasion. The event, now in its 10th year, will take place at the historic Cannon Caucus room on Wednesday, April 28th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

The Senate co-hosts include Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), Government Affairs Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-ME), Agriculture Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS), Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA), Armed Services Committee Ranking Democrat Carl Levin (D-MI), and Senate Banking Committee Ranking Democrat Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), as well as Senate Genocide Resolution Sponsors Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ), and George Allen (R-VA), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Jack Reed (D-RI), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI).

In the House, co-hosts include Congressional Genocide Resolution lead cosponsors George Radanovich (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) as well as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Ways & Means Committee Ranking Democrat Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Financial Services Committee Ranking Democrat Barney Frank (D-MA), Education Committee Ranking Democrat George Miller (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Democrat John Dingell (D-MI), House Government Reform Committee Ranking Democrat Henry Waxman (D-CA), House Administration Committee Ranking Democrat John Larson (D-CT) and Representatives: Tom Allen (D-ME), Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Joe Baca (D-CA), Gresham Barrett (R-SC), Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Howard Berman (D-CA), Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Tim Bishop (D-NY), Dave Camp (R-MI), Eric Cantor (R-VA), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Dennis Cardoza (D-CA), Jerry Costello (D-IL), Joseph Crowley (D-NY), Danny Davis (D-IL), John Dingell (D-MI), Vernon Ehlers (R-MI), Eliot Engel (D-NY), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Mike Ferguson (R-NJ), Bob Filner (D-CA), Mark Foley (R-FL), Jim Greenwood (R-PA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), Joe Hoeffel (D-PA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rush Holt (D-NJ), Michael Honda (D-CA), Steve Israel (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-MI), Gerald Kleczka (D-WI), Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), James Langevin (D-RI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Sander Levin (D-MI), John Lewis (D-GA), William Lipinski (D-IL), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Edward Markey (D-MA), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Betty McCollum (D-MN), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Jim McCrery (R-LA), Jim McDermott (D-WA), James McGovern (D-MA), Dennis Moore (D-KS), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Richard Neal (D-MA), Devin Nunes (R-CA), Ed Pastor (D-AZ), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Edward Royce (R-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), H. James Saxton (R-NJ), Christopher Shays (R-CT), Brad Sherman (D-CA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Hilda Solis (D-CA), Mark Souder (R-IN), Pete Stark (D-CA), John Sweeney (R-NY), Bennie Thompson (D-MS), John Tierney (D-MA), Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH), Fred Upton (R-MI), Christopher Van Hollen (D-MD), Zach Wamp (R-TN), Diane Watson (D-CA), Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Gerald Weller (R-IL), Joe Wilson (R-SC), Frank Wolf (R-VA), and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA).

The ANCA’s Annual Capitol Hill Observance provides Members of Congress the opportunity to commemorate the Armenian Genocide with members of the Armenian American community. This year, the ANCA will be honoring New York Times Best Selling Author Peter Balakian, who, over the past decade, has emerged as an exceptionally powerful, eloquent, and effective voice against Armenian Genocide denial, most recently through the publication of “The Burning Tigris,” his landmark study of the U.S. humanitarian response to the Armenian Genocide.

Joining Armenian Americans and elected officials at the observance will be survivors of the Armenian Genocide, members of the diplomatic community, and leaders of civil and human rights organizations.

The Armenian National Committee of America Eastern Region, Western Region and Washington headquarters cordially invite community members from across the U.S. to participate in the Capitol Hill Genocide Observance.

For further information, contact the Armenian National Committee of America Washington office at (202) 775-1918 or the Eastern or Western Region headquarters at (617) 923-1918 and (818) 500-1918 respectively.


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