Senator Menendez Vows Not to Relent
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Robert Menendez (D-NJ) requested unanimous consent to pass S.Res.150, and was joined by the lead Republican on the bill, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly). Introduced in April, the bill enjoys the bipartisan support of 28 Senators.
“We commend Senators Menendez and Cruz for their bipartisan efforts to bring S. Res. 150 to the Senate floor. Senator Menendez, in recalling the U.S. diplomatic efforts to help the Armenian people at the time, also highlighted the overwhelming approval of a similar measure last month in the House of Representatives by a vote of 405 to 11. Senator Cruz stated that the Armenian Genocide is a fact and, with respect to Turkey, noted that friends and allies can speak the truth,” stated Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny.
Regrettably, the request for unanimous consent was objected to by Senator David Perdue (R-GA), citing “ongoing diplomatic relations with Turkey.”
After this latest development, Sen. Menendez vowed not to relent, and to continue fighting until the Senate adopts the Armenian Genocide resolution.
“The objection by one Senator claiming that now is not the time to consider S. Res. 150 rings hollow. It is always the right time to shine a light on crimes against humanity and speak the truth,” Ardouny continued. “We urge the Senate to act and join the House of Representatives’ overwhelming and historic bipartisan vote standing up against genocide denial.”
Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian issues. The Assembly is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.