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Representative Illeana Ros-Lehtinen to push for U.N. funding cuts

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Laura Donovan
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Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen wants to eliminate U.S. funding for the U.N. Human Rights Council, which she deemed a “waste of taxpayer dollars,” the Republican representative told The Hill.

“I’d like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S. funding for that beast,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “Because I don’t think that it advances U.S. interests, I don’t think that that’s a pro-democracy group, it’s a rogue’s gallery, pariah states, they belong there because they don’t want to be sanctioned.”

Ros-Lehtinen will host a panel Tuesday for U.N. critics and advocates. The briefing, which was originally scheduled to take place the week the House suspended most activity in light of the Tucson shooting, will be called “The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action.”

Scheduled to testify is Peter Yeo of the United Nations Foundation/Better World Campaign, which urged President Barack Obama at the beginning of his term to “mount a campaign” to secure a place on the council.

“Support of our U.N. commitments is more than an obligation, it is a smart investment in America’s strategic, economic and political interests,” Yeo said. “Continued American engagement and diplomacy at the UN will only advance our goals for democracy, human rights and world prosperity.”

Ros-Lehtinen said Friday that oversight of the U.N. is crucial, referring to the “irony” of the case of Michael Dudley, the director of the investigations division of the U.N.’s internal oversight office who is under investigation for retaliating against whistleblowers.

“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 said in a statement. “These allegations reinforce the need for expanded and effective oversight of the U.N. Next week, our committee will lead the way by holding the first of several briefings and hearings on UN reform.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ginger-Buchanan/1685906047 Ginger Buchanan

    We the People need to turn far, far away from any involvement in the U.N. and make the building a homeless shelter. That will serve our people better. We can offer free space to evangelicals and aspiring teachers to give to their community by allowing them to donate time to educating the people who are in need here in our nation. This will offer hope and opportunity here at home. …where it’s seriously needed.

  • pepito

    Thank God Ileana has the “cojones” to do what that no other congressman has ever even thought of doing!

  • Jungle Jack

    Just a thought: Withdraw from the UN and watch the rest of the world kiss the U.S.’s a** for help.

  • Jungle Jack

    I agree, it’s time to end the funding of this international leech that has been feeding on the power of the U.S. since WWII. The UN doesn’t foster peace anywhere, starting with the invasion of S. Korea by the North in 1950. Sure has been a peaceful world since.
    I wonder what our government could do with all the money it would save by withdrawing from the UN? Help our indigent citizens to get back on their feet? Create jobs? Lower taxes? Provide health care? Secure our borders? Improve our infra-structure?
    I’d like to see the UN building converted to condos; maybe NYC could help balance its budget!!

  • Bluky

    Many, including myself, have been saying this for ages. Shut down that beast.

    • Bluky

      And furthermore, has there ever been a financial audit of the UN? Ie., where does all our money actually end up???

  • kaj

    FINALLY!!!! Not only is she against this thieving org but she is willing to speak out and put her money where her mouth is.

    I’m sending my Congressman a letter with all the articles I can find about Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and encourage him to support her movement.

    They can move this group of ‘Nations’ and this building to Iran or Colombia or Mexico or anywhere else except leave it here in America.

  • ER5150

    The UN is corrupt and has been for decades, time to shut it down. Watch and listen to them squeal in panick, for fear of losing what lines their pockets full of money, the phony and corrupt UN.

    • cali

      couldn’t agree more, they are our enemies, that’s why the left loves it.

      I would even go one step further, and evict them all together out of the USA.

  • kbull

    I agree, but liberals have a love affair with the UN. What do we do about them?

  • moderategoper

    PLEASE RUN FOR PRESIDENT Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen ….WE LOVE YOU!!!