The ANCA carefully tracks Members of Congress on a range of issues of concern to Armenian Americans. We compile this information and present the profile of each Member in an easy-to-read Report Card format. Congressional grades and endorsements for the 116th Congress will be announced on October, 2020.

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ANCA Report Card: 116th Congress (2019-2020)

Edward Markey

D- Massachusetts
U.S. Senate

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Cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution, S.Res.150? Yes
Cosponsored the Azerbaijan Human Rights / Arms Ban Resolution, S.Res.754? Yes
Cosponsored the Turkey Human Rights / Arms Ban Resolution, S.Res.755? Yes
Signed the 2020 Letter Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks? Yes
Signed the 2020 Letter Supporting Artsakh De-Mining? Yes
Signed the 2019 Letter Supporting Artsakh De-Mining? Yes
Signed the 2020 Letter to the Library of Congress Urging them to Properly Categorize the Armenian Genocide? Yes
Issued a 2020 Statement Calling for Artsakh Recognition? Yes
Issued a 2020 Statement Condemning Azerbaijan/Turkey Attacks on Armenia/Artsakh? Yes
Issued an April 24th Statement Marking the Armenian Genocide in 2019/2020? Yes


10/21/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Since Azerbaijan continues its attempts to resolve this conflict through the illegal use of military force, the int'l community will be left with no choice but to move to recognize the independence of the Republic of Artsakh absent meaningful negotiations." View the tweet here.

10/17/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "This week I joined colleagues in urging the @librarycongress to properly recognize the Armenian Genocide as "Genocide", not "massacres", in its catalogues. The US government must recognize the crimes perpetrated against Armenia for what they truly were." View the tweet here.

09/28/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "I stand with Armenia and the people of Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey is emboldening Azerbaijan against Armenia with military aid & provocative statements that undermine mediation efforts. The US must support efforts to achieve peace in the region." View the tweet here.

09/14/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Thousands harmed by Erdogan’s crackdown in Turkey have turned to the European Court of Human Rights, which has pushed them back into the very Turkish legal system Erdogan has undermined. I am urging the court to do more and highlighting strong global support for action." View the tweet here.

07/29/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Turkey’s new social media law is a dangerous escalation in Erdogan’s assault on free speech. As more countries follow the China model of repression, social media platforms must decide if they’re willing to be complicit in government abuses." View the tweet here.

07/29/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "My Turkey Human Rights Promotion Act reaffirms U.S. support for internet and media freedom in Turkey and provides assistance to preserve free speech amidst the crackdown. https://congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/2832/tex…" View the tweet here.

07/13/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "I stand with Armenia as they protect their territorial integrity. Azerbaijan and Turkey must respect the Armenian/Azeri border, respect the aspirations of the Armenian people of Nagorno Karabakh, and should deescalate this conflict immediately." View the tweet here.

06/19/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "I am so happy to hear this news, @EnesKanter. In light of your family’s courage, it would be entirely fitting for this to be the first step to broader change in Turkey that sees every falsely accused prisoner released, every freedom restored, every injustice reversed." View the tweet here.

06/12/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Turkey’s treatment of this State Dept. employee is unacceptable and he should be released immediately. Erdogan should end political prosecutions and ensure that COVID-19 prisoner releases include those arbitrarily detained, including journalists and human rights defenders." View the tweet here.

05/21/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Erdogan has long abused extradition requests to target his critics around the world. As Beijing pushes its own extradition and intimidation campaign against minorities, Turkey should rededicate itself to the protection of persecuted Uyghurs." View the tweet here.

05/03/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "I introduced the Turkey Human Rights Promotion Act to call out one of the world’s worst jailers of journalists, and ensure the State Department prioritizes press freedom in its diplomacy with Turkey." View the tweet here.

04/27/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Every April, we remember the 1.5 million Armenians who perished during the Armenian Genocide. It is time for the U.S. government to join the Senate, to be on the right side of history, and officially recognize the Armenian Genocide. We must never forget. We must fight against denial & the assertion that now is not the time when it is always the time to tell the truth about the Genocide. I'm honored to continue this fight with my friends in the Armenian community who have worked so hard for the recognition their families deserve." View the tweet here.

04/27/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "We must fight against denial & the assertion that now is not the time when it is always the time to tell the truth about the Genocide. I'm honored to continue this fight with my friends in the Armenian community who have worked so hard for the recognition their families deserve." View the tweet here.

03/16/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Erdogan’s systematic abuse of “counterterrorism” laws means that U.S. State Department employees have been wrongfully imprisoned with so many others in Turkey. Metin Topuz faces 15 years in prison for doing his job to promote U.S.-Turkey cooperation. https://nytimes.com/reuters/2020/03/10/world/europe/10reuters-turkey-security-usa-charges.html" View the tweet here.

03/16/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "My Turkey Human Rights Promotion Act highlights that Erdogan’s campaign to target critics extends beyond Turkey’s borders. Given reports about Erdogan’s renewed pressure on Albania, authorities in Tirana should follow their laws & resist politically driven extradition requests. " View the tweet here.

02/20/20 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Even when Turkey’s judicial system finally acquits defendants of sham charges, Erdogan doubles down on injustice. I condemn the re-arrest of civil society leader Osman Kavala, and I will continue to oppose unjust detentions in Turkey." View the tweet here.

12/25/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Thrilled that Enes Kanter is in Toronto today with the Celtics to help beat the Raptors. I’ll continue to fight to ensure Enes can fully and safely do his job and exercise his right to free expression as he advocates for human rights in Turkey." View the Facebook post here.

12/17/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "This is an insult to the memory of the victims and shows how deferential Donald Trump is to his authoritarian allies like Erdogan." View the tweet here.

12/17/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Following the historic actions by the Senate and House to properly recognize the #ArmenianGenocide, the Trump administration could have stood on the right side of history, but instead is choosing to engage in genocide denial. https://bbc.com/news/world-europe-50828179…" View the tweet here.

12/17/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Following the historic actions by the Senate and House to properly recognize the #ArmenianGenocide, the Trump administration could have stood on the right side of history, but instead is choosing to engage in genocide denial. It’s an insult to the memory of the victims and shows how deferential he is to his authoritarian allies like Erdogan." View the Facebook post here.

12/14/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "My Turkey human rights bill highlights Erdogan’s global campaign to target his opponents. Turkish citizen Fatih Keskin has been detained in Bosnia in what may be the latest example. The Bosnian authorities should follow their laws & resist politically driven extradition requests." View the tweet here.

12/12/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "The Senate just voted to formally recognize the #ArmenianGenocide. Congress has finally spoken with one voice to honor the victims of the Genocide and ensure we will never forget. This is an historic day for our country, our world, the Armenian people, and the truth." View the tweet here.

12/11/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "We must be clear in our position: the United States opposes the targeting of political rivals and journalists in Turkey and around the world. Senator @RonWyden and I will continue to push for full passage of the Turkey Human Rights Promotion Act." View the tweet here.

12/11/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Proud that @SenateForeign passed a version of the Preventing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons Act today. Rep. @BradSherman and I are sending a message that the U.S. must not give Turkey the tools to build a nuclear weapon that Erdogan says he wants." View the tweet here.

12/03/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Proud to have @AmnestyUSA’s endorsement of the Turkey Human Rights and Promotion Act, which I intro'd w/ @RonWyden. We’re building a coalition to shine a light on Erdogan’s systematic repression in Turkey, and there’s no better partner than the human rights champions at Amnesty." View the tweet here.

11/21/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Senate Republicans just objected to passing the resolution affirming U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide. We must stop stalling. America should honor lives lost and reiterate that history cannot be denied. The United States can and must be on the right side of history." View the tweet here.

11/13/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "“It’s bigger than myself, it’s bigger than the NBA, it’s bigger than basketball,” - Enes Kanter If Trump’s meeting with authoritarian President Erdogan today leaves you needing a reminder of what a real leader looks like, here’s Enes on why he fights for human rights in Turkey:" View the Facebook post here.

11/12/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Despite serious threats from the Turkish government, Enes Kanter continues to courageously speak out for human rights. Thank you, Enes, for joining Senator Ron Wyden, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and I to introduce a bill to condemn President Erdogan’s authoritarianism. We will always defend your freedom of speech." View the Facebook post here.

11/12/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Today, Senator Ron Wyden and I stood with Enes Kanter who tirelessly fights for human rights in Turkey. Tomorrow, President Trump will stand with President Erdogan in the White House. It is Enes’ bravery that reflects American values, not Trump’s eagerness to cozy up with dictators." View the Facebook post here.

11/12/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "President Erdogan is conducting one of the biggest campaigns to restrict freedoms anywhere in the world. Honored to have Enes Kanter join me and Senator Ron Wyden as we introduce a bill to call attention to the crackdown on human rights in Turkey. WATCH:" View the Facebook post here.

10/30/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "For too long, America has failed to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide by denying to acknowledge the full truth. Great news that the House voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Now the Senate needs to swiftly follow suit and pass Senator Menendez's accompanying resolution." View the Facebook post here.

10/29/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "For too long, America has failed to honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide by denying to acknowledge the full truth. Great news that the House just voted to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Now the Senate needs to follow suit & pass @SenatorMenendez ’s accompanying resolution." View the tweet here.

10/28/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "America must stop denying the truth that what happened in Armenia was a genocide. I hope the House passes this resolution to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide and the Senate quickly does the same. Congress must speak with one voice and unequivocally condemn this horror." View the tweet here.

10/21/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Had a great discussion on the importance of democracy, freedom of expression, and human rights with Enes Kanter who bravely fights every day against Erdogan’s attempts to silence him. The NBA is lucky to have leaders like Enes." View the Facebook post here.

10/15/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "Despite the immense personal costs, including receiving death threats, Enes Kanter hasn’t stopped speaking out against authoritarianism in Turkey. That’s courage. I’ll do whatever it takes to defend his right to free expression." View the Facebook post here.

10/09/19 - Sen. Markey posted the following to Facebook: "President Trump abandoned our Kurdish partners and green-lighted Turkey’s military not to stop endless wars in the Middle East, but to please yet another brutal tyrant. How do we know? He vetoed ending U.S. participation in the barbaric Yemen war and approved troop deployments to Saudi Arabia twice since July." View the Facebook post here.

10/07/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "By caving to Erdogan, Trump undercut diplomacy that could have protected the Kurds. And there’s no plan for dealing with 1000s of ISIS detainees in the area. This sends our allies a chilling message. We can only hope the world ties this abandonment to one unhinged leader." View the tweet here.

04/24/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "We can never truly honor the victims of the Armenian Genocide until we fully acknowledge the extent of the horror. That’s why I have once again joined @SenatorMenendez to intro a resolution that would officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.#ArmenianGenocideRemembranceDay" View the tweet here.

04/10/19 - Sen. Markey tweeted "The Armenian Genocide was horrific & U.S. foreign policy needs to reflect that grim reality in order to fully recognize its victims. I’m proud to once again join @SenatorMenendez& @SenTedCruz to introduce a resolution to have Congress formally recognize the Armenian Genocide." View the tweet here.

12/14/18 - Sen. Markey tweeted "Congratulations to the people of #Armenia on an historic election that was calm, peaceful, and free of corruption or voter intimidation." View the tweet here.
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