Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues and one of only three members of Congress with Armenian heritage, joined her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives in formally recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

“The House’s resounding 405-11 vote to recognize the Armenian genocide is a great victory for millions of Armenians around the world. Congress has failed to affirm the truth for far too long and I’m heartened that we have joined our allies around the globe, and 49 U.S. states, in acknowledging that the Ottoman Empire perpetrated a genocide upon the Armenian people,” Rep. Speier said. “This vote also sent a critically important message to the world in light of Turkey’s modern-day ethnic cleansing campaign of the Kurds in Syria. Today, we sent a message that history can’t be rewritten, that America will no longer abandon Armenians with feeble excuses for a so-called ally, and that we will never forget the atrocities of the past and present. Today we affirmed the Armenian Genocide was real and we stand against it and those who seek to perpetuate such evil again.”

Rep. Speier also spoke on the House floor about the need for Congress to formally recognize the systemic slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians. Watch her remarks here.