Rep. Levin Votes to Recognize Armenian Genocide
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today voted to pass H.Res. 296, a resolution to affirm the United States record on the Armenian Genocide. Congressman Levin is an original cosponsor of the resolution and a member of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues.
“In order to prevent new acts of genocide, the United States must be consistent in its condemnation of genocide through history,” Rep. Levin said. “Armenian Americans whose ancestors faced extreme atrocities a century ago deserve to know that the United States fully recognizes and condemns the Armenian Genocide. Today’s vote affirms that there is no question about what happened to the Armenian people, and that we will never forget it. We must work harder to raise awareness about this dark chapter of history out of respect for Armenians across the globe.”
“As a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors, I am heartened that after more than 100 years, Congress has formally recognized the genocide of 1.5 million Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, and other Christian minorities by the Ottoman Empire,” said Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian, who represents Rep. Levin in the Michigan House of Representatives. “Today’s action to end the denial of the truth has brought dignity and solace to generations of descendants of Armenian Genocide survivors. This should not be the end of this critical conversation, but rather the beginning of a renewed effort to enshrine recognition into U.S. law and to ensure future generations learn about the Armenian Genocide, as we do here in Michigan.”