As was the case last year, Armenian groups in the USA with the support of some pro-Armenian members of the Congress attempted to introduce amendments to the draft National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2021. As part of this process, a number of members of Congress supporting Azerbaijan, in turn, put forward two amendments against Armenia.
On 17 July, a meeting of the Committee on Rules of the House of Representatives of the US Congress was held to discuss the above amendments. Amendment 99 initiated by Congressman Steve Cohen and Amendment 296 initiated by Congressmen Steve Chabot and Steve Cohen to submit a report to Congress, coordinated by the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, on citizens expelled from the occupied territories in several post-Soviet countries and citizens of these countries killed in these territories, were adopted by the House of Representatives of Congress.
In accordance with these amendments, there are plans to submit to Congress a joint report of the State Department and the US Department of Defense on information about people expelled from the occupied territories and those killed.
Despite the efforts of the Armenian lobby, Amendment 66 “On the prohibition of the transfer of military products or the provision of military services to Azerbaijan by the United States unless the President confirms to Congress that the transfer of such products or the provision of services does not threaten civil aviation”, put forward against Azerbaijan by the radical pro-Armenian member of Congress, Brad Sherman, as well as Amendment 330 initiated by ethnic Armenian Congressman Jackie Speier from California “On the application of parity in the provision of assistance between Azerbaijan and Armenia under the program to enhance the capabilities of external security forces under Section 333” (as is known, Azerbaijan received assistance in the amount of $110 million within the framework of this program over the past two years, and the fact that Armenia did not receive any assistance caused serious concern and, as a result, this amendment was put forward) were not adopted. This failure caused serious confusion and disappointment among the Armenian lobby, in particular, the Armenian National Committee representing the Dashnak Party (ANCA).
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