Armenian genocide resolution losing ground in US House Brett Murphy at 9:54 AM ET
[JURIST] Representatives in the US House have begun to pull back support for a resolution [HR 106 materials; text] labeling as genocide the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANCA backgrounder; Turkish DC Embassy backgrounder], with nearly a dozen members of Congress changing their position on the vote since Monday, the New York Times reported Wednesday. US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will vote on the resolution [JURIST report], with Senate Majority Leader Steny Hoyer expressing a belief that the bill would pass without difficulty. However, members of the House have now indicated that their support for the bill has waned due to warnings from Turkey that the passage of the bill would affect relations between the US and Turkey.
2:52 PM ET - US Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) said Wednesday that he expects a House vote on the resolution would fail and urged House leadership to reconsider [press release] putting the resolution to a vote on the House floor. AP has more.
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