Christian Coalition Supports Rep. Ros-Lehtinen's U.N. Reform Act

Fox News announced on Monday that the United Nations cultural agency UNESCO granted full membership to Palestinians despite threat of defunding by United States of America.  This is such an outrageous act that it cannot be ignored by Congress.
 
Indeed, Christian Coalition of America told the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL, that it would support her outstanding bill called the "United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011," H.R.2829 or "U.N. Reform Act of 2011" for short. There are 138 co-sponsors thus far and she is looking for more co-sponsors. 
 
Note the member nations of the Human Rights Commission:  Cuba, China, Nigeria, Russia, and Saudi Arabia among other dictatorships or human rights' abusers on this commission.
 
Note the member nations of the Commission of the Status of Women:  China, Cuba, Russia, Nicaragua, Rwanda, etc.
 
Even more outrageous about the membership of these United Nations' agencies and commissions is the fact that the United States of America is forced to cough up billions of dollars each and every year to this tyrannical organization.   According to House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, the United States was assessed a "contribution" to the United Nations of $7.7 billion; a whopping 20% increase from the previous year. 
 
The United States is "assessed" 22% of the total United Nations' budget each year.  The number two power in the world, China, is assessed a miniscule 3% of the United Nations budget.  Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen said that 2/3 of the members of the U.N. pay less than 1% of the U.N. budget combined. 
 
The Ros-Lehtinen legislation, the "U.N. Reform Act of 2011" would, among other things, change the way the United Nations is funded.  There would be no mandatory assessments of "contributions" for the United States or for any other member of the United Nations. 
 
Another important provision of Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen's bill would withhold U.S. "contributions" from any United Nations entity that recognizes a Palestinian state or upgrades the status of the Palestinian observer mission at the U.N., the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Authority (PA), or any other Palestinian administrative organization or governing entity prior to the achievement of a final peace agreement with Israel.
 
The details of House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen's bill is directly below.  Americans should click on the link Cosponsors to see if their Member is a co-sponsor.  If not, they should make sure that their Representative becomes a co-sponsor of the "U.N. Reform Act of 2011," H.R. 2829.

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H.R.2829
Latest Title: United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011
Sponsor: Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] (introduced 8/30/2011)      Cosponsors: (138)
Latest Major Action: 10/13/2011 House committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Unanimous Consent.

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SUMMARY AS OF:
8/30/2011--Introduced.

United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act of 2011 - Directs the President to use U.S. influence at the United Nations (U.N.) on a wide variety of issues, including to shift the funding mechanism for the regular budget of the U.N. from an assessed to a voluntary basis.

Withholds up to 50% of nonvoluntary U.S. contributions to the regular budget of the U.N. unless the Secretary of State certifies to Congress that 80% of the total regular budget of the U.N. is apportioned on a voluntary basis.

Requires the annual congressional budget justification to include a detailed itemized request in support of the U.S. contribution of the regular budget of the U.N.

Sets forth requirements for the Comptroller General with respect to audits and investigations of U.S. contributions to the U.N. and such contributions' use by U.N. entities.

Prohibits the obligation or expenditure of a U.S. contribution to any U.N. entity unless the entity has provided the Comptroller General with a transparency certification and is in compliance with such certification.

Prohibits making funds available: (1) to international organizations for any purpose other than an assessed U.S. contribution to a U.N. entity or other international organization; (2) to international organizations and programs for any purpose other than a voluntary U.S. contribution to a U.N. entity or other international organization; and (3) for international peacekeeping activities for any purpose other than a U.S. contribution to U.N. peacekeeping activities, to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), or to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).

Directs the Secretary to withhold from the regular budget of the U.N. an amount equal to the amount of U.S. overpayments to the U.N.

States that is U.S. policy to oppose any proposals on expansion of the Security Council that would: (1) diminish U.S. influence on the Security Council, or (2) include veto rights for new Security Council members.

Directs the Secretary to withhold U.S. contributions from any U.N. entity that recognizes a Palestinian state or upgrades the status of the Palestinian observer mission at the U.N., the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), the Palestinian Authority (PA), or any other Palestinian administrative organization or governing entity prior to the achievement of a final peace agreement with Israel.

Provides that until the Secretary makes a specified certification to Congress: (1) the Secretary shall withhold from a U.S. contribution to a regular budget of the U.N. an amount equal to the amount that would be allocated for the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), (2) the Secretary shall not make a voluntary contribution to UNHRC, and (3) the United States shall not run for a UNHRC seat.

Directs the Secretary to withhold from a U.S. contribution to a regular budget of the U.N. an amount equal to the amount that would be allocated for: (1) the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Palestinian territories occupied since 1967; and (2) any other U.N. Special Procedures used to display bias against the United States or Israel or to provide support for any member state which is subject to Security Council sanctions, under a Security Council-mandated human rights investigation, has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, or is a country of particular concern for religious freedom.

States that it is U.S. policy to oppose any legitimization of the Goldstone Report and to lead a diplomatic campaign supporting its revocation.

Prohibits funds from being used for U.S. participation in the Durban III meeting or any part of the Durban process.

Withholds U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) or to any successor or related entity unless the Secretary makes specified certifications to Congress.

Prohibits any U.S. contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from being used to support Technical Cooperation program assistance to any country, including North Korea, that: (1) has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism; or (2) is in breach of, or under investigation for breach of, obligations regarding its safeguards agreement with the IAEA, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or any relevant Security Council resolution.

Directs the Secretary to withhold from the U.S. voluntary contribution to the IAEA an amount proportional to that spent by the IAEA in 2007-2008 on Technical Cooperation program assistance to such countries.

Sets forth U.S. policy regarding reform of U.N. peacekeeping operations.

Directs the President to use U.S. influence at the U.N. to oppose the creation of new, or expansion of existing, U.N. peacekeeping operations until the Secretary certifies to Congress that specified peacekeeping reforms have been adopted by the U.N. Department of Peacekeeping Operations or the General Assembly.