Reexamining our Financial Support of the United Nations

Feb 3, 2017 Issues: National Security

The United States funds 22 percent of the United Nations regular budget and is the largest contributor of any member state. The United States must ensure that the United Nations does not become a venue to target our allies and undermine our national security.  

Dear Friend,

The United Nations Security Council recently passed a resolution that unfairly targeted Israel and undermined direct peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. In addition, this resolution claims that the Old City of Jerusalem and Judaism’s holiest site are “occupied Palestinian territory,” and paves the way for further boycott, divestment and sanction campaigns targeting Israel.

After the resolution passed, I said that the United States should seriously reexamine our financial support of the U.N. and I meant it.

That is why I was proud to introduce legislation this week that shows the American people, Israel and our allies around the world that we stand with them against attempts to undermine and delegitimize them. The Safeguard Israel Act, which is a companion bill to what Senator Cruz introduced, cuts off funding to the United Nations until the President certifies to Congress that this one-sided, anti-Israel U.N. Security Council resolution is repealed.

Taxpayer dollars are precious. You can be certain that I will continue to exercise oversight to make sure they are applied wisely.

Sincerely,

Kay Granger
Member of Congress