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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Democrats Wavering on Armenia Bill

WASHINGTON -- The future of a U.S. House of Representatives resolution calling the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide appeared in doubt Wednesday after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that whether it would come to the floor for a vote "remains to be seen."

Support for the resolution has eroded sharply since it was passed by the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week. Critical Iraq war ally Turkey warned that it would damage relations with the United States, and President George W. Bush condemned it.

"Whether it will come up or not, what the action will be, remains to be seen," Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters Wednesday. She previously had vowed that it would get a vote of the full chamber sometime this year.

Pelosi said Wednesday that she had always supported the nonbinding, largely symbolic resolution but that she would be working with other advocates to see what they wanted to do now.

Lawmakers from both political parties have been withdrawing their names from the resolution in recent days in the face of criticism from Turkey and Bush. Some key Democrats as well as Republicans oppose it.