Valley Congressmen Valadao and Costa Commemorate Armenian Genocide
Congressmen David G. Valadao and Jim Costa joined to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with dual speeches in the House of Representatives.WASHINGTON – Today, Congressmen David G. Valadao (CA-21) and Jim Costa (CA-16) – in their continued work to serve the people of the San Joaquin Valley – joined to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with dual speeches in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Valadao and Costa have been strong advocates for the Armenian community they represent, and both are active members of the Congressional Armenian Caucus. The Valley Congressmen have consistently called for the official recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the United States, including urging the current and past Administrations multiple times to recognize the Genocide, as Presidents Reagan and Eisenhower did during their terms. Both Representatives have also joined the Congressional Armenian Caucus in leading H. Res. 220, a resolution in which the House of Representatives directs the U.S. to examine and learn from the world’s reaction to the Armenian genocide in order to prevent war crimes, crimes against humanity, and future genocides.
In addition to their work surrounding the Armenian Genocide, Congressmen Valadao and Costa are leaders in efforts to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Armenia, to support the free and fair treatment of the democratic Republic of Artsakh, and to hold accountable the Turkish security forces who violently attacked protesters outside Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C. last year. Last month, Congressmen Valadao and Costa were awarded the Gratitude Medal by the President of Artsakh, Bako Sahakayan, for their work supporting the nation’s development and right to self-determination.
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Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.