The bill, proposed by Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Alabama, entitled the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, seeks a complete US withdrawal from the UN, that the international body remove its headquarters from New York and that all participation be ceased with the World Health Organization as well.
Rogers and other prominent Republicans have repeatedly voiced the idea that US taxpayer money should not fund anti-US interests.
The bill, quietly introduced on January 3 and passed on to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945, signed in the aftermath of WWII.
“The President shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations…The United States Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out,” according to the text of HR 193.
The bill would block the deployment of US military by the UN, and bring about the loss of “diplomatic immunity for UN officers or employees” on US soil.
Rogers had tried to pass the same bill in 2015, albeit unsuccessfully.
“Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world?” Rogers asked at the time.
As another Republican supporter of the bill remarked in January 2015: “I dislike paying for something that two-bit Third World countries with no freedom attack us and complain about the United States… There’s a lot of reasons why I don’t like the UN, and I think I’d be happy to dissolve it,” added a Kentucky senator.
“The UN continues to prove it’s an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of American tax dollars.” Rogers went on to name treaties and actions he believes “attack our rights as US citizens.” These included gun provisions, the imposition of international regulations on American fossil fuels – but more importantly, the UN attack on Israel, by voting to grant Palestine the non-member state ‘permanent observer’ status. “Anyone who is not a friend to our ally Israel is not a friend to the United States,” Rogers said in June last year.
According to calculations by the conservative Heritage Foundation, the US provides over 22 percent of all UN funding.