U.S. - Armenia Relationship
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.”
Recognition of Armenian Genocide
In October of 2019, the House passed a Resolution to formally recognize the Armenian Genocide.
To view Congressman Sherman's opening speech on the House floor heralding the resolution's passage, click here
Standing Up to Azerbaijan
To In light of aggression by Azerbaijan, Congressman Sherman has fough for:
-An emergency aid package for the people of Artsakh and Armenia of at least $100 million
-Immediate recognition by the U.S of the Republic of Artsakh
To Sherman joined Rep. Speier in introducing H.Res.1165 Condemning Azerbaijan's military operation in Nagorno-Karabakh and denouncing Turkish interference in the conflict. The resolution condemned Azerbaijan's continued military operations and denounced Turkey's participation in and escalation of the conflict.
Sherman led a letter to then Secretary Pompeo urging the Department of State to sanction Azeri leaders for human rights abuses in Artsakh. The implementation of sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act will send a firm response from the United States that this offensive was unacceptable. More than 50 Members of Congress signed the letter.
Sherman's first actions as a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee in 1997 was to secure $12 million in assistance to the people of Artsakh, thereby implicitly recognizing the independence of Artskah. Now, we need to explicitly recognize Artsakh’s independence.
In 2019, Sherman joined with Rep. Pallone in introducing H.Res.1203, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives supporting the Republic of Artsakh at all levels of civil society and government and recognizing the people of Artsakh's inalienable right to self-determination.
Assistance for Armenia, Artsakh, and Javakhk
Since 1997, Sherman has repeatedly endorsed direct U.S. aid to Armenia, Artsakh, and the Javakhk region of Georgia. In fact, he is responsible for the first appropriation providing U.S. assistance to Artsakh.
Sherman co-sponsored H.Amdt.50, an amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations bill to increase assistance to Armenia. This funding will allow Armenia to strengthen its democratic institutions, and it sends a clear signal that the United States supports Armenia.
Sherman has worked throughout his time in Congress to secure funding for critical life-saving demining programs in Artsakh.
In 2019, he led a letter to USAID, signed by 89 of his congressional colleagues, strongly urging USAID to reconsider its decision to end its support of demining programs in Artsakh. An additional $500,000 was provided to the HALO Trust in December 2019.
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.
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Today, on the 106th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, President Joe Biden became the first U.S. President to formally recognize the systematic murder of 1.5 million Armenian women, men, and children by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923, as a genocide.
I commend President Biden’s historic announcement today. The President’s courageous move has put the United States on the side of historic truth in a most powerful way.
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).
Washington (December 11, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA) today introduced the Preventing the Spread of Nuclear Weapons Act, legislation that would require the U.S.
Washington, DC – The House passed Congressman Brad Sherman’s amendment that prohibits the transfer of U.S. weapons to Azerbaijan unless the President certifies no threat to civil aviation. The initiative aims to limit Baku’s ability to act upon its standing threat to shoot down civilian aircraft operating out of Artsakh’s Stepanakert Airport.
I stand in solidarity with the Armenian American community in commemorating the February 1988 Sumgait Pogroms. Thirty-one years ago in the Azerbaijani town of Sumgait, peaceful Armenian residents were brutally targeted on the basis of their ethnicity and subjected to unspeakable crimes. In March 1988, The Economist reported the atrocities and documented the murder and mutilation of pregnant Armenian women and newborn babies in a maternity hospital.
I have been informed that Turkish flags have been posted outside and inside of the Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School, and other Armenian schools and churches in Southern California.
I strongly condemn this hateful act of vandalism. It is particularly cruel to those whose family members died in the Armenian Genocide.
I call on law enforcement to make arresting the vandals a high priority.
These incidents may constitute a violation of federal hate-crimes statutes. See 18 U.S.C. Section 247.
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.
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.
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.
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.