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Rogers Introduces Legislation to Get US Out of United Nations

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Saks) has sponsored the American Sovereignty Restoration Act, HR1205, which would end American involvement in the United Nations. 

US Representative Rogers said in a statement, “Across East Alabama, many of you may agree with me that the United States’ participation with the United Nations should end immediately. The UN continues to prove it’s an inefficient bureaucracy and a complete waste of American tax dollars.”

Rep. Rogers continued, “Although the United States makes up almost a quarter of the UN’s annual budget, the UN has attempted a number of actions that attack our rights as US citizens.  To name a few, these initiatives  include actions like, the Law of the Sea Treaty, which would subject our country to internationally-based environmental mandates, costing American businesses more money, or the UN’s work to re-establish an international regulation regime on global warming which would heavily target our fossil fuels.”

Representative Rogers wrote in his statement, “The UN has also offered a potential Arms Trade Treaty which would threaten our Second Amendment rights and impose regulations on our gun manufacturers, who are already facing regulations and pressure from the Obama Administration.”

Rep. Rogers wrote, “Lastly, the UN does not support Israel and voted to grant the Palestinian Authority ‘non-member state’ permanent observer status.  Anyone who is not a friend to our ally Israel, is not a friend to the United States.  Because of these actions among others, I introduced HR1205, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015.  My legislation would end our country’s participation in the UN and any organizations affiliated with them.”

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Congressman Rogers explained, “Why should the American taxpayer bankroll an international organization that works against America’s interests around the world?  The time is now to restore and protect American sovereignty and get out of the United Nations.”

The legislation has been co-sponsored by:  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky), Rep. John J. Duncan (R-Tennessee), Rep. Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-Georgia), and Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kansas).

The Rogers bill ends membership of the United States in the United Nations.

Specifically, HR1205:

Ends the “American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2015.” 

Would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945.

Order the President to, “Terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations, and in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.”

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Close the United States Mission to the United Nations. 

Repeal the United Nations Headquarters Agreement Act.

Bar the use of any US funds for any specialized agency, commission or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations, except for what is needed to facilitate termination of United States membership and withdrawal of United States personnel and equipment. 

Terminate the use of US funds for any United States contribution to any United Nations military or peacekeeping operation or force.

Bar members of the Armed Forces of the United States from serving under the command of the United Nations.

Would order the withdrawal of United Nations presence in facilities of the government of the United States and repeal their diplomatic immunity.

Repeal United States membership and participation in the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization.

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Repeal the United Nations Environment Program Participation Act of 1973. 

Repeal of United States participation in the World Health Organization. 

Repeal American involvement in any conventions and agreements with the United Nations and any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations.

Any remaining functions of such conventions and agreements would not be carried out; but would not affect the rights of employees of the US government from being rehired with United States Government after service with an international organization.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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