March 19, 2010

Norooz Resolution Gains Momentum in the Senate

Washington, DC – Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and John Cornyn (R-TX) today introduced a resolution honoring Norooz in the Senate. The resolution would confer U.S. Senate recognition upon Norooz for the first time in history.
To build off our recent success in the House, NIAC has been working with Senators Menendez and Cornyn to ensure the Norooz Resolution has broad, bipartisan support to move through the Senate. The resolution has already garnered the support of Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Jim Webb (D-VA), John McCain (R-AZ), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Roland Burris (D-IL), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT).
Similar to the House resolution, the Senate Norooz Resolution commemorates the Iranian New Year, celebrates Iran’s rich cultural traditions, expresses appreciation to Iranian Americans for their contributions to society, and wishes Iranian Americans and the Iranian people a prosperous new year. The Senate resolution also encourages the peaceful observance of Norooz in Iran and “strongly supports the rights of all Iranians to exercise freedom of assembly, freedom of expression, and freedom of speech.”
With a Senate Norooz Resolution, both bodies of Congress are poised to recognize the Iran New Year. Congress honoring one of our most cherished traditions is a true testament to the growing strength of Iranian-American voices in the American political system.




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