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Congressman Brad Sherman

Representing the 30th District of CALIFORNIA

U.S. - Armenia Relationship


Congressman Sherman Holds Special Order to Recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide
Congressman Sherman Holds Special Order to Recognize the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Working to Strengthen U.S. Armenia Ties:

“As a senior member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I have focused on recognizing the Armenian Genocide, recognizing the massacre of Armenian civilians in Sumgait, increasing funding to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, and increasing military training aid for Armenia despite attempts by the administration to increase aid only to Azerbaijan,” said Sherman.  “Additionally, I am working to protect the rights of Christian communities and churches in Turkey.  I am also pressing the State Department to scrutinize the license of Export-Import Bank’s financing of the Azersat satellite which may possibly give the Azeri government the capacity to jam Armenian communications or survey Armenia or Nagorno-Karabakh.”

Sherman Presses Administration on U.S. Assistance to Armenia

    Since 1993, Congress has provided approximately $2 billion in assistance to Armenia. This funding has helped Armenia make the transition from communism to a free market economy, build democratic institutions, and provide for the needs of the Armenian people.

    Sherman has worked for years to fight for an increase in foreign assistance to Armenia. In 2009, Sherman was active in securing $41 million in assistance to Armenia.

     In the President's most recent budget request, he called for $40 million in assistance to Armenia.  Sherman is supporting efforts to secure additional funds for assistance to Armenia.

Opposing Armenia's Exclusion from Regional Integration

The U.S. should actively oppose any efforts to exclude Armenia from regional integration. That is why Sherman has supported blocking any U.S. assistance for an ill-conceived railroad that links Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey while deliberately excluding Armenia.

    Azeri President Aliyev was blunt about his intentions with regard to this project. He said, "If we succeed with this [railroad], the Armenians will end in complete isolation, which could create an additional problem for their future, their already bleak future…" Sherman is working to make sure that not one cent of American taxpayer money is used to support this fundamentally anti-Armenian and anti-American effort.

    Supporters of this ill-conceived railroad could potentially turn to two U.S. government agencies for assistance: the Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. In 2006, Sherman joined his colleagues in the House Financial Services Committee in passing into law an amendment that prohibits one of these agencies, the Export-Import Bank, from supporting the anti-Armenian railroad.

Armenian Genocide Resolution Passes Committee by 1 Vote

   In a 23 to 22 vote, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs passed House Resolution 252 in March 2010, officially recognizing Armenian Genocide.

   Congressman Sherman believes it is high time that the Armenia Genocide Resolution is passed by Congress and that the House Foreign Affairs Committee's passage is a major step toward final passage.

   To view Congressman Sherman's opening statement please click below.


More on U.S. - Armenia Relationship

Oct 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), Congressman T.J. Cox (D-CA), Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) and Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA) called on the Trump administration to impose significant, tangible consequences on those responsible for Azerbaijan’s continuous campaign of aggression against the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh).

May 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has received a commitment from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) that its potential successor agency will not approve future projects that deliberately exclude Armenia.

May 9, 2018

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed H.R. 5105, or the BUILD Act.  Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks), a senior member on the Foreign Affairs Committee, is a cosponsor of the BUILD Act, which will require the functions, personnel, assets, liabilities, and policies of OPIC to transfer to the U.S. Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and expand its authorities.

Apr 22, 2016

Washington DC – 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.

Apr 12, 2016

Washington DC – 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.

Apr 4, 2016

Washington DC - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement:

"The Azerbaijani aggression we have seen over the last few days is deeply disappointing. There are a number of news reports indicating that more than 100 Armenians have been killed as a result. Chairman Ed Royce and I urged that Azerbaijan use the opportunity provided by the recent Nuclear Security Summit to advance the peace process.  

Jan 26, 2016

Washington DC - Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, praised a recent vote by the Council of Europe regarding violence in Nagorno-Karabakh.  The resolution, which was voted down, would have called for a process to work on resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh dispute under the Council of Europe that did not include the U.S.  Prior to the vote, Congressman Sherman sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry urging opposition to the resolution.

May 28, 2015

Washington, DC – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), a Senior Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement upon the news that an independent team of election observers from the University of California deemed the May 3, 2015 Republic of Nagorno Karabakh parliamentary elections transparent and fair. 

Apr 24, 2014

Sherman Oaks - Congressman Sherman commemorated the Armenian Genocide at the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park.  Congressman Sherman was the keynote speaker at an assembly for students, staff and parents to commemorate the 99th anniversary of  the first genocide of the 20th century.  

Sherman remarked that “genocide denial is the last step in a genocide, the first step of the next genocide.”

Dec 17, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Brad Sherman (D-CA) released the following statement on the unprovoked killing of an Armenian soldier, Hrant Poghosyan, by Azerbaijani forces along the border of Nagorno-Karabakh.