A growing number of Republican lawmakers are picking up on a sentiment long felt by many mainstream conservative Americans — the UN doesn’t support the West’s best interests. This week, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) announced concrete plans to introduce legislation that would remove U.S. taxpayer funding from the UN.
On Tuesday, Lee wrote in a post to X, formerly Twitter: “Tomorrow I will file my bill to #DefundTheUN. Please like and repost if you’d like to see that bill become law.” Shortly after that, Roy reposted Lee’s tweet with the comment, “So will I :).”
So will I 🙂 https://t.co/yMXJ6fF2nL
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) December 6, 2023
Roy’s press office account wrote in a post: “The UN doesn’t deserve a single DIME of American taxpayer money.”
It’s time to #DefundTheUN.
Please like and repost if you agree. https://t.co/Xjf1vt3MS6
— Mike Lee (@BasedMikeLee) December 5, 2023
Notwithstanding the move by some conservative lawmakers to press for defunding the globalist organization, the proposed legislation will undoubtedly face significant obstacles. Despite America’s budget crisis and the ongoing migration disaster affecting the southern border, thanks in large part to UN support of unchecked global migration, most establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle have long-standing connections and loyalty to the UN.
Lee and Roy are leading the group of America First lawmakers challenging the status quo. Much of the heaviest criticism of the UN is directed at the operation of its Human Rights Council (UNHRC). The UN has made nations directly adversarial to U.S. interests, including China and Cuba, members of the UNHRC.
— Sue (@Sue62208705) November 30, 2023
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) wrote a scathing op-ed for Newsweek last month in which she argued that the UNHRC is “severely compromised and serves no strategic purpose to the U.S.” She highlighted the Council’s focus on criticizing Israel while ignoring or downplaying human rights violations in countries like China and Iran.
Luna speaks for conservatives who believe the money being funneled to the globalists running the UN could be better spent on the domestic needs of Americans or addressing the out-of-control federal budget deficit and national debt. She wrote, “We could surely use the funds recovered from promoting the U.N.’s slanted priorities to protect our own border.”
Beyond the financial considerations, critics of the UN question whether the U.S. should be involved in micromanaging the affairs of nations on the other side of the globe in any event. Even though the legislation to withdraw funding from the UN is unlikely to meet with success in the immediate short term, it will hopefully spark serious discussions about America’s responsibilities to its own citizens before addressing the world’s neverending problems.