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Roll Call: House Easily Defeats Amendment to Defund UN

The House of Representatives effortlessly defeated an amendment to defund the United Nations.

On July 15, by a vote of 74 to 350, the House easily defeated an amendment to the Foreign Relations Authorization Act (H.R. 1950), which would have withheld all U.S. funds from the United Nations and its agencies.

The proposed amendment, introduced by libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R.-Tex.), would have essentially ended U.S. participation in the controversial international organization.

Paul cited the $3.25 billion spent on contributions to the UN and other UN agencies last year, and the fact that the U.S. pays 21% of the organization’s budget and over 27% of the budget for UN peacekeeping missions.

“It is not a good investment,” Paul said on the House floor. “I think this is essentially wasted money.”

Paul also raised fears, shared by many conservatives, that the UN is eroding U.S. autonomy. “We also lose our sovereignty when we look to the UN for guidance,” he said. “I do not see where it is to our benefit, I do not see where it is a benefit to world peace to rely on the United Nations. . .I believe in many ways that by joining the United Nations we have allowed our Constitution to be amended merely by UN vote. Referring to poorly executed UN peacekeeping missions, Paul argued, “[T]he United Nations has tended to take away the responsibilities of this Congress to make these very, very important decisions.”

Paul, who opposed the Iraq war, questioned why Congress would fund the UN and pay much lip service to its functions, even though the U.S. received no support from the UN on the war.

He also pointed out the absurdity of many UN actions-such as the recent appointment of Libya as the chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, and attempts to place Iraq in charge of the Disarmament Commission.

“It gets to be almost a joke around the world about some of the things the UN does,” he said.

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R.-Md.) also backed the amendment, arguing that, regardless of whether the UN is an efficacious organization, its failure to credit $17 billion that the U.S. has spent on legitimate UN peacekeeping activities is reason enough to quit funding it.

Those who opposed the bill did so on the notion that the U.N. advances U.S. national interests.

Rising in what he called, “the strongest possible opposition to the Paul amendment,” Rep. Tom Lantos (D.- Calif.), argued, “The absurdity of the United States, the one remaining superpower, the most powerful civilizing force on the face of this planet in the 21st Century, withdrawing from the United Nations is nothing short of absurd.”

Lantos claimed that truly wasteful and often evil UN agencies such as UNESCO, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF promote U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Rep. Henry Hyde (R.-Ill.) also argued against this “tempting amendment” to the bill, citing the efforts of the World Food Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the Civil Aviation Organization.

Referring to such organizations as “feel-good social welfare programs,” Paul countered, “I think I would grant that some of these programs have had some benefit. That in itself is not enough for me to endorse the concept of international welfare through the United Nations.”

A spokesman for liberal Rep. David Obey (D.-Wisc.) told HUMAN EVENTS later that his vote for the amendment was cast in error.

A “yes” vote was a vote to stop giving money to the United Nations. A “no” vote was a vote against the amendment.

FOR THE AMENDMENT: 74 AGAINST THE AMENDMENT: 350
REPUBLICANS FOR: 72
Barrett (SC)
Barton (TX)
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Boozman
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Cannon
Cantor
Carter
Coble
Collins
Crane
Cubin
Culberson
Davis, Jo Ann
Deal (GA)
DeLay
DeMint
Diaz-Balart, M.
Doolittle
Duncan
Everett
Feeney
Flake
Foley
Forbes
Franks (AZ)
Garrett (NJ)
Gibbons
Goode
Hayes
Hostettler
Istook
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Keller
Kingston
Lucas (OK)
Manzullo
Miller (FL)
Moran (KS)
Musgrave
Myrick
Neugebauer
Ney
Norwood
Otter
Paul
Pence
Platts
Pombo
Putnam
Renzi
Rogers (AL)
Rohrabacher
Royce
Ryun (KS)
Schrock
Sessions
Shadegg
Shuster
Smith (MI)
Stearns
Sullivan
Tancredo
Taylor (NC)
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Weldon (FL)
Wilson (SC)
Young (AK)

DEMOCRATS FOR: 2
Obey
Taylor (MS)

REPUBLICANS AGAINST: 150
Aderholt
Akin
Bachus
Baker
Ballenger
Bass
Beauprez
Bereuter
Biggert
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehlert
Boehner
Bonilla
Bonner
Bono
Bradley (NH)
Brady (TX)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, V.
Burns
Burr
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Capito
Castle
Chocola
Cole
Cox
Crenshaw
Cunningham
Davis, Tom
Diaz-Balart, L.
Dreier
Dunn
Ehlers
Emerson
English
Fletcher
Fossella
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Gerlach
Gilchrest
Gillmor
Gingrey
Goodlatte
Goss
Granger
Graves
Green (WI)
Greenwood
Gutknecht
Harris
Hart
Hastings (WA)
Hefley
Hensarling
Herger
Hobson
Hoekstra
Houghton
Hulshof
Hunter
Hyde
Isakson
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Kelly
Kennedy (MN)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kirk
Kline
Knollenberg
Kolbe
LaHood
Latham
LaTourette
Leach
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
LoBiondo
McCotter
McCrery
McHugh
McInnis
McKeon
Mica
Miller, Gary
Miller (MI)
Murphy
Nethercutt
Northup
Nunes
Nussle
Osborne
Ose
Oxley
Pearce
Peterson (PA)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Porter
Portman
Pryce (OH)
Quinn
Radanovich
Ramstad
Regula
Rehberg
Reynolds
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Ros-Lehtinen
Ryan (WI)
Saxton
Sensenbrenner
Shaw
Shays
Sherwood
Shimkus
Simmons
Simpson
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Sweeney
Tauzin
Terry
Thomas
Thornberry
Toomey
Turner (OH)
Upton
Vitter
Walden (OR)
Walsh
Wamp
Weldon (PA)
Weller
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wolf
Young (FL)

DEMOCRATS AGAINST: 199
Abercrombie
Ackerman
Alexander
Allen
Andrews
Baca
Baird
Baldwin
Ballance
Becerra
Bell
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Boucher
Boyd
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Brown (OH)
Capps
Capuano
Cardin
Cardoza
Carson (IN)
Carson (OK)
Case
Clay
Clyburn
Conyers
Cooper
Costello
Cramer
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (FL)
Davis (IL)
Davis (TN)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Deutsch
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Dooley (CA)
Doyle
Edwards
Emanuel
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Evans
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Ford
Frank (MA)
Frost
Gonzalez
Gordon
Green (TX)
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Hill
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hoeffel
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley (OR)
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
John
Johnson, E. B.
Jones (OH)
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy (RI)
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
Kleczka
Kucinich
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Lofgren
Lowey
Lucas (KY)
Lynch
Majette
Maloney
Markey
Marshall
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (MO)
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McIntyre
McNulty
Meehan
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Menendez
Michaud
Miller, George
Miller (NC)
Mollohan
Moore
Moran (VA)
Murtha
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Payne
Pelosi
Peterson (MN)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Rodriguez
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Sabo
Sanchez, Linda
Sanchez, Loretta
Sandlin
Schakowsky
Schiff
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Spratt
Stark
Stenholm
Strickland
Stupak
Tanner
Tauscher
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Towns
Turner (TX)
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Van Hollen
Velazquez
Visclosky
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Wexler
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn

INDEPENDENT AGAINST: 1
Sanders

NOT VOTING: 10

REPUBLICANS (6): DEMOCRATS (4): INDEPENDENTS (0)
Bartlett (MD)
Chabot
Ferguson
Hayworth
Janklow
Johnson (CT)
Berkley
Gephardt
Jefferson
Millender-McDonald
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