Assembly Interns Meet with Speier and Dold as Part of Capitol Ideas Series

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WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, as part of the Armenian Assembly of America’s Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program’s Capitol Ideas series, the 2012 Armenian Assembly summer intern class met with Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Robert Dold (R-IL).

An active member of the Armenian Caucus and a cosponsor of H. Res. 304, the Armenian Genocide resolution, Speier serves on the House Armed Services Committee as well as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Speier shared her experiences throughout her career path, empha- sizing the power of a resilient attitude in the face of adversity. She encouraged the 2012 internship class to take risks and pursue their dreams.

Dold, a member of the House Financial Services Committee, intro- duced the Armenian Genocide resolution, H. Res. 304, along with Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). This bipartisan bill continues to garner cosponsors and is currently pending before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

In addition to H. Res. 304, Dold, together with Schiff, spearheaded a “Dear Colleague” letter, urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to clarify remarks she made about the Armenian Genocide during a Town Hall meeting held in February of this year.

The interns expressed their appreciation to Speier and Dold for their support of issues of concern to the Armenian-American community.

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