Monday, October 15, 2007

H.Res.106 to be brought to House floor before November 16

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader, Steny Hoyer said he expects the House to pass the Armenian Genocide Resolution, H.Res.106 before Nov. 16, when Congress is slated to recess for the year. Hoyer and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, appearing today on separate news shows, said the threat of Turkish reprisals would not stop the vote. “I said if it passed the Committee that we would bring it to the floor,” Pelosi said on ABC’s This Week program. Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat, said on Fox News Sunday that he raised the issue repeatedly with Turkish leaders during his 26 years in Congress and “never once” did they say “this is the right time.” He said that he and Pelosi met with the Turkish ambassador to remind him that the two countries are allies. Pelosi, a California Democrat, said she has had no appeal from President George W. Bush to block the vote. “We’ve never had a conversation about it,” she said. “I’ve heard from the Secretary of State and others in the administration, but I’ve never heard from the President.”“This resolution is one that is consistent with what our government has always said about what has happened - what happened at that time,” Pelosi said. “It is non-binding. It is a statement made by 23 other countries. We would be the 24th,” she said, Bloomberg news agency reports.

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