House panel to consider Armenian measure


A House committee will vote on a resolution recognizing the Ottoman massacres of Armenians as genocide.

U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the Jewish congressman who has initiated the nonbinding resolution on the 1915-16 atrocities, announced Tuesday that the full House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee would consider the resolution on Oct. 10.

Attempts in previous Congresses to consider similar resolutions have been frustrated by parliamentary maneuvers, but Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), the House speaker, has pledged to bring it to a full vote.

The resolution has the sponsorship of a majority of House members and is likely to pass if it comes to the floor. The Turkish government has pledged consequences to the Turkish-U.S. alliance should the resolution pass, and Turkish Jews and Israeli government officials have lobbied against it.

A number of Jewish groups oppose the measure, but others have voiced support.

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