By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
WASHINGTON, DC—Tuesday, January 2, 2017, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Alabama) re-introduced his legislation for the United States to leave the United Nations.
On the opening day of the 115th Congress, Rogers stated, “My first act of the new Congress was to reintroduce my bill to end the United States’ involvement in the United Nations.
“I am excited to work with my colleagues in the House of Representatives in the new 115th Congress,” Rogers went on to say. “With President-elect Donald J. Trump coming into office later this month, we have the exciting opportunity to shape an agenda that repeals Obamacare, cuts regulations, provides real tax relief for hard working families, and protects the rights of the unborn.”
Rogers’ bill, titled the American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017, would end the United States’ involvement in the United Nations.
“The UN has attempted a number of actions which aimed to encroach on the rights granted to US citizens under our Constitution,” Rogers stated. “Most recently, the UN Security Council sided with Palestine and passed a resolution condemning Israel’s settlements in Jerusalem. Attacks against one of the United States’ greatest allies are just the most recent chapter in the UN’s dangerous agenda. I believe our involvement in the UN is a waste of taxpayer dollars.”
Rep. Rogers has long been an outspoken opponent of the United Nations, the international law making body created by the Allies during World War II. Republicans’ anger with the UN has increased after the Security Council passed a resolution condemning the State of Israel over improper settlements. The United States could have vetoed the inflammatory resolution, but the Obama Administration chose instead to abstain, effectively allowing it to pass.
The Hill is reporting that some Republicans are preparing legislation to defund the United Nations. The House Freedom Caucus will convene next Monday to discuss two options, which include decreasing funding or stipulating that funding is voluntary, requiring Congress to decide every two years whether to continue contributions.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has said that the US should not send any money to the UN until it repeals the anti-Israel UN Security Council Resolution.