Editorial Note– Well congratulations America, we have at least one Congresswoman who has it ‘right’ when it comes to fighting the United Nations. Annually, the United States pays an estimate $7.7 Billion dollars to the UN for what? World leaders use the UN building in New York as a social event with full diplomatic immunity of any and all American laws. Then to make matters worse, the likes of China, Cuba, and Libya have seats on the UN Security Council and Human Rights Council. The UN has its own set of operating rules and makes demands on the United States without justification, votes, or a voice on such matters as Palestine, Sudan, and most recently the Lords Resistance Army. The UN has no concern over North Korea’s record on human rights violations or dispatched forces for the sake of the Ivory Coast or Sudan. Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has it right and deserves our support.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) Florida

Ros-Lehtinen says UN reform bill about reform, not UN-bashing

The Hill

By Pete Kasperowicz

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) on Tuesday defended her United Nations reform legislation as a bill meant to force needed reforms of the U.N., not to simply criticize it, as some have charged.

“This bill is about reforming the U.N. so that it can work again — not trying to bash the U.N., or take the U.S. out of the U.N.,” she told reporters.

Ros-Lehtinen’s bill, H.R. 2829, would cut off U.S. funding for the U.N. unless it ensures at least 80 percent of its programs are funded through voluntary contributions. It would also set policy in several areas — for example, it would direct the U.S. to oppose Palestinian efforts to win statehood without negotiating directly with Israel first, and prevent U.S. participation in the U.N. Human Rights Council until that entity is reformed.

Ros-Lehtinen said these changes are needed because the U.S. spent $7.7 billion in U.N. dues last year, and got less than satisfactory results.