“Turkey’s behavior has made their arguments about forgoing this kind of thing no longer relevant,” said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. The Nebraska Republican added that he would have supported the resolution regardless.
Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., said policymakers have been wary of creating a fissure with a NATO ally.
“But I think history is clear — there was genocide,” Bacon said. “The best way to heal is to acknowledge what happened and deal with it.”
All Nebraska and Iowa House members supported the genocide resolution, as well as another measure calling for sanctions on Turkey over its military operations in Syria.
Joseph Morton is The World-Herald Washington Bureau Chief. Morton joined The World-Herald in 1999 and has been reporting from Washington for the newspaper since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @MortonOWH. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org