Congressman Sherman Calls on President and Congress to Recognize Armenian Genocide

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In
recognition of the anniversary of the Armenian genocide of 1915, Congressman
Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee,
has called yet again on the administration and Congress to properly recognize
this tragic event. 

“Beginning in 1915 the Ottoman
government began implementing its plans to expunge the Armenian people from its
territory—an event which meets all the definitions of the word
‘genocide.’  An estimated one and a half million people perished.

“I have repeatedly called on
the President and asked my colleagues in the House and Senate to formally
recognize the genocide – we cannot afford to wait.  I am disappointed that
neither the President nor Congress has given the Armenian Genocide appropriate
recognition.

“Genocide denial is the last
act of a genocide and the first step in the next genocide.  It is our duty
to honor and dignify those who lost their lives, to pay respect to their living
relatives, and to ensure that these horrible events never happen again.”

Congressman Sherman Urges Treasury Secretary Lew to Work on New Armenia Tax Treaty

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WASHINGTON, D.C.
Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Financial
Services and Foreign Affairs Committees, has called on the administration to
negotiate a new tax treaty between the United States and Armenia.

At a recent hearing before the
Financial Service Committee, Sherman told Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew that
currently, “we have a chicken and egg circumstance.  You don’t get the
business investment because you don’t have the tax treaty.  Then you don’t
need the tax treaty because you don’t have the business investment.

“We have tax treaties with
scores of countries around the world.  We devote a substantial amount of
money to trying to achieve our international development goals and can always
provide foreign aid to Armenia.  But we can also achieve those goals by
having a tax treaty.”