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house Bill H.R. 193

Should the U.S. Leave the United Nations?

Argument in favor

The U.S. doesn’t get enough of a benefit from participating in the United Nations to justify government spending on it. America should leave the U.N. to focus on its own interests.

Kelly's Opinion
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01/07/2017
The UN threatens our sovereignty. Unelected officials are being allowed to make decisions about our lives, our livelihoods and our rights. Our country fought a war against Great Britain in order to establish our on autonomy and right to representation by elected officials who we can vote out of office if we're unhappy with. In addition, presidents sometimes look to the UN for permission to do things instead of our Constitution or Congress. For example, the Constitution states only Congress can declare war, but Pres Truman declared war in Korea because of his "obligations" to the UN. NO ONE should have the right to declare war and send our soldiers into peril except our duly elected represented members in Congress.
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02/25/2017
I'm not voting against peace with all nations. I'm voting against global government. Federal is plenty bad already. The more local the power, the better. The UN and other global or super-national bodies are as far from localized power as you can get. I want peace with all, but we do not need to yield sovereignty to a global bureaucracy in order to achieve it.
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David's Opinion
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01/24/2017
The UN is an anti-American anti-Capitalist anti-Semitic organization. We have to stop deluding ourselves into thinking that they will change therefore we must end our support for the UN and begin the process of moving it out of our country.
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Argument opposed

The United Nations needs the U.S., the most powerful nation in the world, to stay in the international organization for credibility. America gains global influence by participating in the U.N.

Will's Opinion
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04/11/2017
Not only does it benefit our own country to remain in the UN, but it's morally required. We have a duty to ensure that we meaningfully engage in the international community to help solve problems facing people around the world - problems that no one country should be expected to face alone.
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BlewJ's Opinion
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04/11/2017
We need to strengthen, not weaken, ties with our allies. We need to be part of the International Criminal Court, and stop acting with impunity. Words like "sovereignty" are divisive. Our interests need to work together with those of other nations.
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Reed's Opinion
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01/22/2017
Isolationist behaviors are inherently and ultimately self-destruction. Our very existence makes us a part of the international community. We need to accept the responsibility that comes with that and do our best to maintain positive relationships with the world at large.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 193?

This bill would repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and related laws, effectively ending U.S. participation in the U.N. It would also require the president to formally end U.S. participation in all agencies, commissions, or any affiliated U.N. groups and to close the U.S. Mission to the U.N.

The bill would prohibit:

  • Funding toward assessed or voluntary contributions to the U.N.;

  • Funding for contributions to U.N. military or peacekeeping operations;

  • Spending to have U.S. Armed Forces participate in U.N. military or peacekeeping operations;

  • U.S. Armed Forces from serving under U.N. command;

  • Diplomatic immunity for U.N. officers or employees.

Impact

U.N. programs and operations funded by U.S. tax dollars; and the U.S.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 193

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) introduced this bill to end the involvement of the U.S. with the United Nations:

“The U.S. bankrolls nearly 22 percent of the U.N.'s annual budget. Still, the U.N. continues to promote many ideals that attack American sovereignty. 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. Other alarming U.N. initiatives have included The Law of the Sea Treaty, The U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change’s recent move to re-establish an international regulation regime to end global warming, which would heavily target fossil fuels, and the potential Arms Trade Treaty, which would threaten our Second Amendment rights.”

This legislation has the support of eight cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Republicans.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Flickr user sanjitbakshi / Creative Commons)

AKA

American Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2017

Official Title

To end membership of the United States in the United Nations.

    The UN threatens our sovereignty. Unelected officials are being allowed to make decisions about our lives, our livelihoods and our rights. Our country fought a war against Great Britain in order to establish our on autonomy and right to representation by elected officials who we can vote out of office if we're unhappy with. In addition, presidents sometimes look to the UN for permission to do things instead of our Constitution or Congress. For example, the Constitution states only Congress can declare war, but Pres Truman declared war in Korea because of his "obligations" to the UN. NO ONE should have the right to declare war and send our soldiers into peril except our duly elected represented members in Congress.
    Like (87)
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    Not only does it benefit our own country to remain in the UN, but it's morally required. We have a duty to ensure that we meaningfully engage in the international community to help solve problems facing people around the world - problems that no one country should be expected to face alone.
    Like (898)
    Follow
    Share
    We need to strengthen, not weaken, ties with our allies. We need to be part of the International Criminal Court, and stop acting with impunity. Words like "sovereignty" are divisive. Our interests need to work together with those of other nations.
    Like (481)
    Follow
    Share
    Isolationist behaviors are inherently and ultimately self-destruction. Our very existence makes us a part of the international community. We need to accept the responsibility that comes with that and do our best to maintain positive relationships with the world at large.
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    Why on earth would we do this?? There is a reason why the UN was formed. We cannot stand as an island in the world without support - and supporting - other nations. That makes everyone more vulnerable. This is insanity.
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    Are you kidding me? This has to be the most ridiculous piece of garbage to come out of a legislator's mind in history.
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    The United Nations is one of the only things keeping countries out of a world war. Leaving it would be catastrophic.
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    The UN is without a doubt the fabric that holds nations together. Isolation is not the answer just because republicans are angry with votes on Israel.
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    This would be one of the most catastrophic global moves ever enacted. The simple fact that we are one of the global powers with veto power and therefore can keep nations with nefarious intentions in check, in itself, requires that the US remains engaged in the UN. The idea that we will insulate ourselves from future expenditures by pulling out of the UN is unrealistic and in essence would cost the US far more in the future by not being able to be a part of UN negotiations.
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    Isolationism in foreign relations is the first step toward a dictatorship. The United States must both support and have a voice in conducting peaceful business with foreign countries. "America First" is a disgraceful step back from all the hard, important work that the UN has carried out for decades.
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    I'm not voting against peace with all nations. I'm voting against global government. Federal is plenty bad already. The more local the power, the better. The UN and other global or super-national bodies are as far from localized power as you can get. I want peace with all, but we do not need to yield sovereignty to a global bureaucracy in order to achieve it.
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    Withdrawing from the United Nations will not only limit America's influence in the world, it would also be extremely detrimental to our national security. What nation would ever sign an agreement or enter an alliance with us if the United States cannot be depended on to honor long standing commitments and treaty obligations. We cannot fight terror on our own. We cannot eliminate Iran's nuclear capabilities on our own. If we are to do this successfully, the United States needs to a part of the world community. If we withdraw, China and/or Russia will fill the leaderships void for us. Are we prepared for that?
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    As leaders of the free world, the U.S. needs to be part of decisions that affect the world. Total isolation is not the way to do it. The consequences could be disastrous!
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    I think it's crucial we remain part of the UN. The fact this bill is even being introduced is attempting to set the country up for failure and directly effects our National Security.
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    We must continue to collaborate for the sake of the planet.
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    Absolutely not!
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    This is a ridiculous, isolationist proposal. The world needs to stay as united as possible and leaving the UN would only hurt our relationships with our allies. We live in a global community. We should act like it. DO NOT LEAVE THE UN.
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    Withdrawal from the United Nations would increase instability around the world and also greatly reduce American ability to influence events.
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    One more way to ensure that the US no longer is a player on the international stage. How stupid can you be?
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    The UN is an anti-American anti-Capitalist anti-Semitic organization. We have to stop deluding ourselves into thinking that they will change therefore we must end our support for the UN and begin the process of moving it out of our country.
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