23 January 2017
© Eric Thayer / Reuters
Bill Quietly Introduced
to Withdraw US from the UN.
A Republican-proposed House Resolution has quietly slipped past the
public radar - proposing that the United States withdraw its
the United Nations, just as another
bill was being concocted to cut US funding to the body.
The bill, proposed by Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), entitled
American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, seeks a complete
US withdrawal from the UN, that the international body remove its
headquarters from New York and that all participation be ceased with
the World Health Organization (WHO) as well.
Rogers and other prominent Republicans have repeatedly voiced the
idea that US taxpayer money should not go to an organization that
does not promote US interests - especially one that does not stick
up for Israel together with the US.
The new document is
merely the latest manifestation of sentiment that has been brewing
for some time.
The bill was quietly introduced on January 3 and was passed on to
the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. If approved, the bill would
take two years to take effect.
It would also repeal the
United Nations Participation Act of 1945,
signed in the aftermath of WWII.
"The President shall
terminate all membership by the United States in the United
Nations in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other
formally affiliated body of the United Nations...
The United States
Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions
of such office shall not be carried out,"
according to the text of HR 193.
The bill would also
"the authorization of
funds for the US assessed or voluntary contribution to the UN,"
which would also include any military or peacekeeping
expenditures, the use of the US military by the UN, and the loss
of "diplomatic immunity for UN officers or employees" on US
Rogers had tried to pass
the same bill in 2015, albeit unsuccessfully.
"Why should the
American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that
works against America's interests around the world?" Rogers
asked at the time in defense of his idea.
"The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and
get out of the United Nations."
Another supporter of HR
193, Rend Paul (R-KY) also put it like this in January 2015:
"I dislike paying for
something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom
attack us and complain about the United States…
There's a lot of
reasons why I don't like the UN, and I think I'd be happy to
dissolve it," added the Kentucky senator.
Later, in June 2015,
Rogers had introduced his document - then named HR 1205, but
essentially the same USExit idea he's proposing now.
"The UN continues to
prove it's an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of
American tax dollars."
Rogers went on to name
treaties and actions he believes "attack our rights as US citizens."
These included gun
provisions, the imposition of international regulations on American
fossil fuels - but more importantly, the UN attack on Israel, by
voting to grant Palestine the non-member state 'permanent observer'
"Anyone who is not a
friend to our ally Israel is not a friend to the United States."
That same logic was used
this January when House Republicans prepared a legislation that
would decrease - even potentially eliminate - US funding to the UN.
According to calculations
by the conservative Heritage Foundation, the US provides over 22
percent of all UN funding.
The bill to cut the funding was introduced shortly after the UNSC
voted 14-0 to condemn the continued construction of illegal Israeli
settlements - the resolution Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu considered a backstab from the US, which declined to
veto it, as per former President
Barack Obama's suddenly critical attitude to Israel
at the end of his presidency.
Still, the resolution vote came the same year the Obama
administration awarded Israel with its largest military aid package
ever, signing a memorandum of understanding in September that would
give it $38 billion over 10 years.
Donald Trump now in power, many
Republicans seem to be attacking the idea of participating in the UN
or cutting funding with renewed fervor.
Each year, the US gives approximately $8 billion in mandatory
payments and voluntary contributions to the international peace
agency and its affiliated organizations.
About $3 billion of that
sum goes the UN's regular peacekeeping budgets.