Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) wants reform at the United Nations, aiming at the same transparency Americans expect from the US government. Ros-Lehtinen is chair of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The Florida congresswoman introduced the United Nations Transparency, Accountability and Reform Act in hopes of achieving accountability for the billions of US taxpayer dollars the UN receives via assessments.
The bill would halt funds for programs like the UN Human Rights Council unless the council adopts reforms. President Barack Obama obtained a seat on the council shortly after the council adopted UN Resolution 7/19. That resolution allegedly mandated respect for religions.
The only religion mentioned in Res 7/19, however, was Islam. Cuba, Libya and Cameroon are a few of the United States’ fellow members on that council.
Ros-Lehtinen’s bill also wants the UN dues collection process reformed and the funding done by way of voluntary contributions rather than assessments. As it now stands, the UN’s assessments put the US taxpayer in the position of paying a tax to a de facto money pit.
The Hill said the bill would “impose new steps to monitor how U.S. money is spent at the U.N.”
Progressives have dismissed the critical need for transparency at the organization that benefits from US taxpayer dollars even as the Obama administration passed tax hikes such as those contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare).
Ros-Lehtinen also addressed the notorious ‘Goldstone Report.’ That report incorrectly accused Israel of attacks on Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead, said The Hill.
There is no shortage of scandal in the UN files.
Oil-for-Food was a boondoggle whereby rogues were enriched at the expense of the Iraqi people. A Heritage Foundation backgrounder pointed out, “Oil-for-Food was the United Nations’ biggest program anywhere in the world. As Claudia Rosett pointed out in The Wall Street Journal, the U.N. oversaw ‘a flow of funds averaging at least $15 billion a year, more than five times the U.N.’s core annual budget.’(3) Oil-for-Food was administered by 10 U.N. agencies employing over 1,000 staff internationally and in New York, as well as 3,000 Iraqi nationals. The U.N. collected a 2.2 percent commission on every barrel of oil sold, generating more than $1 billion in revenue.”
There was no public accountability for Oil-for-Food—it was all very secretive because the program was looted.
Oil-for-Food started under President Bill Clinton, a Democrat.
Heritage said, “The identity of the banks holding the Iraqi funds was kept secret. Oil-for-Food became a cash cow for the U.N. and a lucrative source of contracts for Russian and French companies. The Times of London calculated that from 1996 to 2003, Russian companies received $7.3 billion of business through Oil-for-Food, and French firms earned $3.7 billion.(4)”
Some conservatives believe some political attacks on President George Bush occurred because the scandal emerged during his administration. Obviously the UN prefers a Democrat in the Oval Office.
Claudia Rosett summed up the state of affairs related to Oil-for-Food in an article at the Middle East Forum: “There has been a proliferation of other U.N. scandals, such as the African sex scandal; auditing problems; the resignation of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees amid allegations of sexual harassment; and the U.N. Commission on Human Rights admitting Zimbabwe, and so on. None of these, however, have attracted the same amount of attention. This scandal has opened a window into the U.N. itself in a way other U.N. scandals have not.”
In February, Republicans sought the return of millions of US dollars overpaid to the UN Tax Equalization Fund. Democrats defeated the bill as leftwingers like Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), Xavier Becerra (Calif.), Corrine Brown (Fla.), Maxine Waters (Calif.) and the scandal-plagued Anthony Weiner all voted ‘no.’ Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, who is also chair of the Democratic National Committee, also voted ‘no.’
Each of those Democrats would gladly hike taxes for Americans, yet they refused to ask for a legitimate refund of millions of US taxpayer dollars in improper payments.
In March the UN showed an anti-Israel film to the General Assembly. Jewish groups protested. US progressive media and Democrats ignored the insult.
Obama has increased UN funding three times during his presidency even as his healthcare bill cut funding for America’s seniors who are enrolled in Medicare Advantage.