Armenian Assembly of America
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Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-393-3434
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April 30, 2008
Contact: Christine Kojoian
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (202) 393-3434


Washington, DC - At the urging of the Armenian Assembly of America,
Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) has officially joined the Congressional
Caucus on Armenian Issues, bringing the total Caucus Membership to 156
lawmakers to date.

"I am proud to join the Armenian Caucus along with so many of my
colleagues in Congress," Representative Perlmutter told the Assembly.
"This Caucus will help me to better represent Armenian-Americans in the
seventh congressional district and Colorado, while strengthening
U.S.-Armenian relations."

Following Perlmutter's election to Congress in 2006, ARAMAC Colorado
State Chair Pamela Barsam Brown contacted his office regularly to
discuss issues facing the Armenian-American community and to encourage
him to join the Armenian Caucus, a bipartisan coalition working to
strengthen the U.S.-Armenia/U.S.-Karabakh relationship and advance
Armenian concerns in Washington.

"We are pleased that first term District 7 Colorado Congressman, Ed
Perlmutter, has become the newest member of the Armenian Caucus," said
Barsam Brown. "It is a reflection of his positive broad-based record of
support for issues of conscience. I am delighted Congressman Perlmutter
has expanded his previous involvement, confirming he recognizes U.S.
policy relating to Armenia is a matter of deep concern to Colorado

"The Assembly welcomes Congressman Perlmutter's membership to this
important body and looks forward to working with him and his staff to
advance Armenian-American issues in Congress," said Executive Director
Bryan Ardouny. "We also commend Pamela Barsam Brown for her dedicated
activism in the State of Colorado throughout the years, which has
positively impacted our advocacy efforts here in Washington."

Perlmutter also supports U.S. reaffirmation of the Armenian Genocide and
is a cosponsor of House Resolution 106. He serves on the House Financial
Services and Homeland Security Committees.

In other local news, Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, Jr. signed a
proclamation designating April 24 as Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day.
The proclamation states in part, "the State of Colorado joins the
Armenian-American community in its annual observance of the Armenian
Genocide of 1915-1923, to raise awareness of this unconscionable tragedy
so that we may better understand the importance of eliminating hatred in
our own communities."

Similarly, the Colorado General Assembly adopted a resolution, again
designating April 24 as "Colorado Day of Remembrance of the Armenian
Genocide." Colorado State Senator Lois Tochtrop (D-24) has championed
this resolution annually.

Established in 1972, the Armenian Assembly is the largest
Washington-based nationwide organization promoting public understanding
and awareness of Armenian issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt
membership organization.


Photograph can be viewed on the Assembly's Website at the following
link: aainc/images/PR_-_2008/May_-_June/Perlm

Caption: Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) is the newest Member of the
Armenian Caucus.