WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Kay Granger (R-Fort Worth) released the following statement in response to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s comments in a meeting with the House Foreign Relations Committee today:

 “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement that the United States is a ‘deadbeat’ donor to the U.N. is not only offensive, it's flat-out wrong.

 “For more than 60 years, the U.S. has been the single largest financial contributor to the U.N. system -- from the moment the U.N. charter was signed in San Francisco, to the day it broke ground on its headquarters in New York City, to the present, as the organization gets nearly one-quarter of its budget from the United States.

 “Given our unmatched generosity towards the U.N., the Secretary-General should know better than to look a gift horse in the mouth. Right now, Americans care far more about paying their own bills than they do about appeasing the head of the U.N.”