Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPennsylvania Republican becomes latest COVID-19 breakthrough case in Congress McCain: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had 'no goddamn business' attending father's funeral Mayorkas tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case MORE (R-S.C.) blocked a resolution on Wednesday that would have formally recognized the Ottoman Empire's genocide against the Armenian people.
Sen. Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezWhy is Trump undermining his administration's historic China policies? Senate GOP signals they'll help bail out Biden's Fed chair Democrats weigh changes to drug pricing measure to win over moderates MORE (D-N.J.) asked for consent to pass the resolution that would have provided "official recognition and remembrance" of the Armenian genocide.
"The United States foreign policy must reflect an honest accounting of human rights abuses, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide. We cannot turn our backs on the Armenian victims of genocide," he said.
Graham objected to passing the resolution in the Senate, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it."
Under the Senate's rules, any one senator can ask for consent to pass a bill or resolution, but any one senator can block it.
Graham's objection came hours after he took part in a White House meeting with Trump, Erdoğan and a group of GOP senators.
"I just met with President Erdoğan and President Trump about the problems we face in Syria by the military incursion by Turkey. I do hope that Turkey and Armenia can come together and deal with this problem," he added on the Senate floor.
Graham added that he was objecting "not because of the past but because of the future."
The House vote came in the wake of Ankara's military incursion into northern Syria after the Trump administration pulled troops from the area.