It's about time!
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA), Chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a 153-page bill (H.R. 2829 - the U.N. Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act) to gradually defund the United Nations. The bill aims to force the United Nations to change its funding mechanism from the current system of “assessed” contributions to voluntary ones.
Proponents say that this legislation would grant the U.S. – and other member states – to fund only those activities and agencies that it regards as being efficiently managed, and in the national interest.
It was reported that:
the legislation would withhold 50 percent of the U.S. assessed contributions to the regular budget (which does not include peacekeeping) if the U.N. has not moved at least 80 percent of the budget to voluntary funding within two years.
American taxpayers account for 22 percent of the U.N.’s regular operating budget and 27 percent of the separate peacekeeping budget in “assessed” dues. In addition the U.S. provides billions of dollars in voluntary contributions for various U.N. agencies. In FY 2010 the total U.S. contribution was $7.69 billion.
Chairwoman Ros-Lehtinen said:
“What are we paying for?” ... then cited repressive regimes’ membership on the Human Rights Council, a continuing anti-Israel bias, the elevation of member states like North Korea and Iran to leadership positions in various bodies, and corruption scandals.
“Why do we bear the financial burden for this? Every year, scores of member countries that contribute almost nothing to the U.N. vote together to pass the budget. Then they pass the costs on to big donors like the U.S., which is assessed a whopping 22 percent.
In contrast, China pays just three percent. We need a game-changer.”
I couldn't agree more... in fact - how about we kick the UN Gansters out of their building in New York and turn that building into luxury condos or business space. While we are at it we should make the UN Gansters pay their parking tickets!
So far, the House Foreign Relations Committee voted 23-15 for H.R. 2829. It has 125 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives.
Sure, it may not pass the Senate and of course the globalist Obama would veto it ... but hey - you have to start somewhere.
Bravo to Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and those who support this legislation!
Stop Agenda 21!
Let's get the U.S. OUT of the U.N.!!