The UN is the bane of existence to common sense Americans all over the country and the idea that the GOP is taking on this gorilla is very heartening.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Newly empowered Republican lawmakers are taking their first shots at the United Nations, depicting it as bloated and ineffective as they seek to cut government funding for it.
On Tuesday, a House of Representatives panel will air criticisms of the organization in a briefing that will prescribe congressional action.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who will preside over the briefing as chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs committee, is seeking cuts and has introduced a bill intended to pressure the United Nations to change the way it operates and to make dues voluntary. She also is promising investigations into possible corruption and mismanagement.
“The fact that the U.S. continues to contribute billions of taxpayer dollars every year to an unaccountable, unreformed U.N. is no laughing matter,” Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said in a statement Friday.
Congress at various times has withheld funding from the world organization, but last year, under Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate, the United States paid its dues in full as well as some back dues.
The United States is the largest single contributor to the U.N., responsible for 22 percent of its regular budget and 27 percent of its peacekeeping operations.
I’m thinking that that little plot of land would make a beautiful park! Let another country sponsor, fund and host that leech for the next 100 years!