A concerted effort is under way to push Congress to consider the complete withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations.
Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, began the drive April 16 with a letter to House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s office requesting that H.R. 1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, be brought to the floor for a vote rather than proceed through the normal committee process. The measure, introduced by Paul March 6, requests the United States cease further participation with the United Nations – including funding.
Telephone calls to DeLay’s office seeking comment on the request were not returned.
Coinciding with Paul’s formal inquiry is an effort on the part of The Liberty Committee’s executive director, Kent Snyder, to garner grass-roots support for the floor vote – and ultimate passage – of H.R. 1146. The Liberty Committee, a caucus of congressional members committed to upholding the provisions of the Constitution during the legislative process, has posted an Internet petition for activists seeking to give nationwide voice to Paul’s measure.
Titled “Just 15 Minutes to Answer America’s Question About the United Nations,” the petition implores the House to “spend [the same] 15 minutes to answer the question an increasing number of Americans are asking” about the relevancy of the world body as it “routinely spends … (on) re-naming post offices.”
Latest H.R 1146-related developments aside, even the most ardent defenders of the Constitution and U.S. sovereignty interests caution against an over-exuberance on the part of like-minded U.N. opponents, explaining the chances of a favorable response from DeLay’s office was likely dependant upon leadership’s concern for the politics of the administration.
“Just because there’s a lot of anti-U.N. rhetoric doesn’t mean people agree with my view that we shouldn’t be in it,” said Paul. “The administration may be just annoyed with the United Nations and they may not want an actual vote, and that [administration tone] would put pressure on the leadership” to refrain from addressing the issue with a floor vote.
Paul also referred to what has been perceived by many opposed to blanket U.S. participation in the United Nations as the mixed signals that have emanated from the administration, by way of illustrating the need to maintain a realistic view of the likelihood of ultimate H.R. 1146 passage. While Pres. Bush is largely credited by U.N. opponents as rescinding the signature of former president Bill Clinton from the International Criminal Court document and as saving the United States from Kyoto Protocol mandates, he is also criticized for allowing the nation’s re-entry into UNESCO, pledging a $60 million allotment.
“This [floor vote] would be good for our position and for even those who don’t want to get out of the United Nations but want to tone down [the support],” Paul said. “But as far as passing H.R. 1146, I don’t see that anywhere in the foreseeable future. I think the debate … has been really stirred up with Iraq, but I would think a clean vote to get us out of the United Nations is not likely to come up soon.”
Calmer still was the reaction from bill co-sponsor Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, R-Md., who maintained it would be premature to comment on any possibility of H.R. 1146 receiving a floor vote, stating simply “we would welcome any action that would begin the debate,” according to his spokeswoman, Sallie Taylor.
Any debate would certainly prove contentious, given the steadfast opposition of such U.N. proponents as Timothy Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation, and Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., both of whom view the rally-to-vote efforts contrary to the interests of the United States.
“There’s absolutely no way in the world that’s going to happen,” Wirth said, in regard to the chances of serious congressional consideration for H.R. 1146. “This piece of legislation has been brought by Ron Paul every year over the last 20 years and it never goes anywhere.”
Those who support such action, Wirth continued, are so few in number as to be considered a “fringe” element.
Farr, who in early April became the first member of Congress to display the flag of the United Nations outside his Longworth House office door, denied via an e-mailed statement that Paul’s measure reflected the consensus of the nation.
“I don’t expect this legislation will go very far, nor do I think we should give it serious consideration,” Farr said. “Like it or not, the United States is part of the international community – and no action of Congress will change that.”
Underscoring this attitude is another recent move of the administration that could be construed as support for the United Nations. The State Department recently approved a request from U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Negroponte for $600,000 to remodel and expand the kitchen in his Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York.
“Americans should take notice when pro-U.N. forces in Washington recently spent $600,000 of taxpayers’ money to renovate the kitchen of the ambassador’s Waldorf-Astoria apartment,” Snyder said. “I bet Julia Child’s kitchen didn’t cost 600 grand.”
Regardless of such actions, however, nationwide and formal efforts to withdraw the United States from the United Nations, or at least raise the issue to the level of serious discussion, have grown. Utah recently considered a state measure that could have – had it passed – pressured Washington, D.C., politicians to rethink blanket dismissal of constituent opposition to U.N.
H.R. 7, introduced by Rep. Don Bush in the first weeks of this past session, urged Congress to withdraw from the United Nations.
“I had about 25 legislators that signed up for it,” Bush said, “and there was a lot of other support. The leadership in the House kept it from coming out on the floor.”
The measure did, however, pass through the state’s Government Operations Committee with a vote of 9-2.
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Cheryl K. Chumley is a freelance reporter and writer living in the northern Virginia area.