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Reps. Matsui, Strickland Join Congressional Armenian Caucus

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    Armenian National Committee of America
    888 17th Street, NW, Suite 904
    Washington, DC 20006
    Tel. (202) 775-1918
    Fax. (202) 775-5648
    [email protected]

    July 14, 2005
    Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
    Tel: (202) 775-1918


    WASHINGTON, DC - Support continued to grow for Armenian issues on
    Capitol Hill this week as Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and
    Ted Strickland (D-OH) announced their membership in the
    Congressional Armenian Caucus, reported the Armenian National
    Committee of America (ANCA). The latest additions bring the Caucus
    to over 140 members.

    "We are gratified that Representatives Strickland and Matsui have
    joined the Congressional Caucus and look forward to continuing to
    work closely with the body to further increase its membership and
    promote Armenian American community concerns," stated ANCA
    Executive Director Aram Hamparian.

    Rep. Strickland joined 98 of his Congressional colleagues this week
    in cosponsoring the Armenian Genocide resolution (H.Res.316), lead
    by Representatives George Radanovich (R-CA), Adam Schiff (D-CA),
    and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)
    and Frank Pallone (D-NJ). In 1997, soon after his first election
    to office, Rep. Strickland voted in support of the Radanovich-
    Pallone amendment, which maintained U.S. restrictions on aid to
    Azerbaijan until that country lifts its blockades of Armenia and
    Nagorno Karabagh. The six-term congressman serves on the powerful
    House Energy and Commerce as well as the Veterans' Affairs
    committee. A native of Lucasville, Ohio, Rep. Strickland received
    a Ph.D in Counseling and Psychology and served as a minister, a
    psychologist, and a college professor prior to his election to the
    House of Representatives.

    "I am happy to be part of a group that supports a free and
    independent Armenia," said Rep. Strickland. "It is important for
    Members of Congress to recognize the tragic history of the Armenian
    people, and work toward a future which allows for a secure,
    sovereign nation for all Armenians."

    Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) is a first term congresswoman representing
    the Sacramento area. She succeeded her husband, Rep. Robert
    Matsui, who had been a long-time supporter of Armenian American
    concerns and a member of the Armenian Caucus. Rep. Robert Matsui
    tragically lost his battle against a form of bone marrow cancer in
    January, 2005. Within months of her election to office, Rep. Doris
    Matsui began active support of Armenian American concerns,
    cosigning the Congressional letter to President Bush urging him to
    properly characterize the Armenian Genocide as 'genocide.' She is
    also a cosponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.316).

    "I am pleased to join the Armenian Caucus and look forward to
    working with the Caucus on a range of political and educational
    activities," noted Rep. Matsui.
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