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This morning, after pressure from Congress to condemn the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and ISIS, Secretary of State John Kerry declared that ISIS is committing genocide against Christians and other ethnic and religious minorities. On the heels of this declaration, Speaker Ryan made the following remarks earlier today during his weekly press conference:

“This morning, Secretary Kerry declared ISIS is committing genocide against Christians and religious minorities. As you know, this declaration comes about as the result of an oversight deadline set by Congress.

“I want to thank Chairman Royce and I want to thank Mr. Fortenberry for their leadership on this issue. I also want to thank the Knights of Columbus and all those organizations and leaders around the world who have spoken out on this. This makes a difference. Their efforts in speaking out against genocide is making a difference.  

“But now that our government is recognizing this crisis, it needs to do more to stop it. I hope the president will seize this opportunity to present a very clear strategy to defeat this enemy.

“And to all those brave people who are being persecuted, I would simply like to say this: We will stand with you, we will pray for you, and we will work every day to put these words into action.”