WASHINGTON, DC — US House of Representatives, members of the Armenian Caucus, led by Co-Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), sent a letter to House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Ranking Member Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) urging “not less than $60 million” in economic assistance to Armenia and “not less than $10 million” in humanitarian aid to Nagorno Karabakh for FY2012.
The letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee outlines key policy objectives regarding funding to Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh that are essential to the development and security of the Armenian republic.
In addition, Armenian Caucus members urged Congress to uphold Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act and cease military assistance to Azerbaijan pointing to Azerbaijan’s enormous military expenditures, continued cease-fire violations along the line of contact of Nagorno Karabakh, and vitriolic war rhetoric from top government officials.
Signatories to the letter included Congressional Armenian Caucus Representatives Gary Ackerman, Joe Baca, Shelley Berkley, Howard Berman, Bruce Braley, David Cicilline, Jim Costa, Joseph Crowley, Eliot Engel, Anna Eshoo, Chaka Fattah, Barney Frank, Elton Gallegly, Rush Holt, Jim Langevin, Daniel Lipinski, Stephen Lynch, Edward Markey, James McGovern, Grace Napolitano, Gary Peters, Charles Rangel, Steven Rothman, Loretta Sanchez, John Sarbanes, Brad Sherman, Jackie Speier, and Henry Waxman.
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs is scheduled to consider the measure on July 27.

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