The Armenian service of RFA/RL reports that two months ago, the House Appropriations Committee approved the Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill outlining U.S. funding and policy priorities abroad, including Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
The U.S. House Appropriations Committee notes the developments in the Middle East pose more challenges to the Christian population. Listing the Armenians among the endangered ethnic minorities, the U.S. committee urges the Secretary of State to provide humanitarian aid and move.
According to Elizabeth Chuljian, spokesperson for the Armenian National Committee of America, no concrete sum is mentioned but an urge to support the Armenian and Christian minorities.
The U.S. congressmen call on the U.S. State Department to work with the neighboring countries of Syria for them to accept refugees.
The aforementioned bill needs to be agreed with the Senate Appropriations Committee, which for its part has worked out its own foreign aid bill which does not envisage support to the Armenians. The session to discuss the bill is scheduled this month. According to Elizabeth Chuljian, Armenian lobbyists are working to ensure the incorporation of this point in the final version of the bill.