Three Republican Lawmakers Seek To Defund The UN

Three Republican lawmakers have announced a bill to defund the United Nations on Wednesday.

Reps. Chip Roy (R-TX) and Mike Rogers (R-AL) introduced the legislation in the House and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) is introducing legislation in the Senate.

Known as the “Disengaging Entirely From the United Nations Debacle Act of 2023,” or the DEFUND Act, the bill would repeal The United Nations Participation Act of 1945, terminate the U.S.’s membership to the UN, and close the United States mission to the UN. It would also repeal the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act, a 1947 bill that set up UN headquarters.

If passed, the bill would seek to block funds from being disbursed to the U.N. or any agency associated with it. One of the arguments is that coalition leaders have aided China in carrying out genocide.

“The Charter of the United Nations states the U.N.’s mission to ‘reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small,’” Rogers (R-AL) told Fox News. “It’s clear the U.N. has abandoned the ideals set in its founding charter, and that’s why, among many other reasons, I’ve reintroduced legislation to withdraw the United States from the U.N.”

The Chinese government is accused of imprisoning about 3 million Uyghurs in China, with its leaders justifying it as “reeducation” designed to prevent Islamic extremism. Imprisonments, along with reports of forced sterilizations and abortions, have prompted the U.S. and several other countries to condemn China.

The bill also comes after the UN ignored Israelis after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7.

UN Women was called out for being particularly slow to stand up for Israeli women, comparing the suffering of Israeli women with Palestinians in Gaza. The group has also been criticized for focusing on the Palestinian perspective. It took almost two months after the attack for the UN Women’s social media account to put out a pinned post calling attention to the matter.

Like Rogers, Lee also had strong words for the UN. “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,” he said. “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.”