Federal Legislation
August 15, 2013

H.R. 2099—“To Provide for an Accounting of Total United States Contributions to the United Nations”

Action Requested:
Please call your representative and urge him or her to co-sponsor this bill to ensure accurate accounting of how much the United States spends to support the United Nations. You can reach your representative at the Capitol Switchboard, 202-224-3121. If H.R. 2099 is scheduled for a hearing, we will send out an action e-lert.

Summary:
H.R. 2099 would require the director of the Office of Management and Budget to assess and report the total amount of U.S. Government contributions to the United Nations, monetary and otherwise, and compared with other sources of contributions. The report must include descriptions of these contributions including their quantities, sources, recipients, and intended purposes. The information must be publically available and include reports from the previous three years.

Status:

5/22/2013 Referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Sponsor: Representative Mo Brooks, (AL-R)

Bill Summary and Status H.R. 2099

HSLDA’s Position:
Support

Background:
HSLDA is very concerned about many of the treaties which have come from the United Nations. We have opposed the Senate’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. Such treaties chip away at national sovereignty, parental rights, and homeschool freedom.

H.R. 2099 underscores the need for a close eye on U.S. involvement in UN activities. Although the UN repeatedly drafts treaties and demands U.S. compliance, the United States is a global social leader (as with caring for people with disabilities) and need not answer international demands for conformity. The United States is not only a social leader, but it is the primary financial contributor in the United Nations.

According to the UN Assessment of Member State Contributions, U.S. contributions to the United Nations comprise 22% ($618,481,182) of this year’s $2.8 billion budget with the second-highest donor, Japan, supplying 10%. Unlike most nations, the United States’ gross contributions are equal to her net contributions. In other words, the United States gives away resources without demanding a return on her investments, while other nations seek control over United States social policy and demand more resources from the United States.

If enacted, H.R. 2099 would require a full report on all U.S. contributions to the United Nations, encouraging accountability between U.S. federal agencies and the American people. If any contributions run contrary to the interests of American families, they will be better equipped to demand accountability for the sake of their country, their communities, and their homes.