WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, Representative Chip Roy (R-TX-21) alongside Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL-3) and Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) introduced the Disengaging Entirely From the United Nations Debacle (DEFUND) Act of 2023.
This legislation would defund the United Nations and remove the United States from its membership.
Representative Roy said, “This year, the United Nations’ corruption, and its despicable, brazen political agenda have been on full display.
From UNRWA actively protecting Hamas and acting against our ally Israel, the delayed condemning of Hamas, to China being elected to the “Human Rights Council,” to the propagation of climate hysteria, and covering for China’s forced abortion and sterilization programs, the UN’s decades-old, internal rot once again raises the questions of why the United States is even still a member or why we’re wasting billions — indeed, $12.5 billion in 2021 — every year on it.
The UN doesn’t deserve one single dime of American taxpayer money or one bit of our support; we should defund it and leave immediately. I am proud to lead this critical effort alongside Mike Lee and Mike Rogers,” Congressman Roy concluded.
“No more blank checks for the United Nations. Americans’ hard-earned dollars have been funneled into initiatives that fly in the face of our values –enabling tyrants, betraying allies, and spreading bigotry,” said Senator Lee. “With the DEFUND Act, we’re stepping away from this debacle. If we engage with the UN in the future, it will be on our terms, with the full backing of the Senate and an iron-clad escape clause.”
Representative Rogers said, “The United Nations routinely proves themselves to be an organization with the lone purpose of legitimizing the propaganda of terrorist organizations and the Chinese Communist Party. Their recent behavior following the October 7th terrorist attack on Israel is shameful and indicative of widespread antisemitism within the organization. For years, I have called on the United States to leave the UN, and I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing legislation that would ensure US taxpayer dollars no longer fund this sham establishment.”
Read full text of the House bill here.