Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn and Republican Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, introduced legislation Wednesday that specifically calls out Russia and China, and is aimed at strengthening the role of the U.S. in the United Nations.
The “United Nations Transparency and Accountability Act” would require the Department of State to promote the hiring of American citizens at the U.N. and other international organizations around the world, and says that it will hold other countries accountable if they fail to uphold the U.N. Charter, according to Fox News.
The legislation says that Russia has “manipulated the United Nations procurement process to its own benefit,” and that China has “used its leadership roles within the United Nations to block nongovernmental organizations critical of the PRC from being accredited to the U.N.,” Fox News reported.
The bill goes on to say that it is the U.S.s’ role to “identify, report, and hold accountable Member States who engage in malign influence operations.” (RELATED: ‘It Is A Sham!’: Leo Terrell Tears Into Biden Admin Request For UN To Investigate Racism In America)
“Authoritarian regimes, such as the Chinese Communist Party, cannot be allowed to continue their uncontested malign activity at the United Nations,” Blackburn told Fox News.
“This work is critical to holding authoritarian regimes accountable for their relentless campaigns against democracy and human rights,” she continued.
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“For far too long, the Chinese Communist Party and other malign actors have infiltrated the United Nations in pursuit of their own goals,” McCaul said in a press release. “Key reforms are necessary to increase transparency and ensure accountability in the UN system. By having strong U.S. engagement and leadership, we can better counteract our adversaries who try to undermine the founding ideals of the United Nations.” (RELATED: Coca-Cola Representative Refuses To Say If China Is Committing Genocide Against Uyghurs)
The bill will expose authoritarian actors within the U.N., support U.S. engagement and bring increased transparency and accountability for any U.S. contributions to the U.N., the press release went on to say.