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house Bill H.R. 2299

Should U.S. Funding for Multilateral Entities (Like the UN) Be Reviewed?

Argument in favor

Despite making contributions to multilateral entities for decades, the U.S. has never conducted a thorough audit of its contributions to these organizations. It’s time to conduct an audit to ensure that the U.S. is spending its money funding these organizations effectively and aligning its multilateral entity funding with its foreign policy goals.

SneakyPete's Opinion
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07/06/2019
👍🏻House Bill H.R. 2299 AKA the “Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019”👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with and support the passage of the House Bill H.R. 2299 AKA the “Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019” which would establish a review process for U.S. foreign aid dollars going to multilateral entities. To this end, it would establish the United States Multilateral Aid Review Task Force, comprised of senior agency officials from relevant departments of the federal government, to publicly assess the value of U.S. government investments in multilateral entities, such as the United Nations or the World Bank. Despite making contributions to multilateral entities for decades, the U.S. has never conducted a thorough audit of its contributions to these organizations. It’s time to conduct an audit to ensure that the U.S. is spending its money funding these organizations effectively and aligning its multilateral entity funding with its foreign policy goals. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻DoItNow👍🏻👍🏻. 7.6.19.....
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Jim2423's Opinion
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07/06/2019
We have been giving monies to various countries and world organizations since WWII. Generally just passed on without any audits. It has been long enough to rethink our strategy. We can still find where needed but stop where it does no good or help. I am all in favor of helping in natural disasters but buying friendship is another thing.
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Terry's Opinion
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07/06/2019
Our $$$ being used against us and our ideals and beliefs. So why are we doing this ?
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Argument opposed

Budgets across the federal government are already published and subject to Congressional approval — so information about U.S. funding of multilateral agencies is already publicly available. There’s no need for this bill. If anyone wants to know how much the U.S. is spending across all multilateral agencies, they can simply do the math themselves.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/06/2019
Audit the DOD. The blank check defense spending is a MUCH bigger problem. They have admitted “losing” more than 800 times more money than this. These are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE OF DIFFERENCE. Get a sense of scale please.
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David 's Opinion
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07/06/2019
This is an attempt to further isolate us from the rest of the world. It is xenophobic in it’s intent and makes absolutely no sense. Audit the DOD and start with zero-based budgeting for the DOD, the White House, Congress.
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07/07/2019
Absolutely not. Why now? The next administration will have to rebuild world alliances and re-partner with the world community. There are issues of global import which can not be ignored. Sabotaging an incoming party’s ability to address these issues by undercutting established channels, I would view as borderline treasonous. Put your Country before your party. Leave international cooperative forums alone. We will absolutely be needing them.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedApril 12th, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 2299?

This bill — the Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019 — would establish a review process for U.S. foreign aid dollars going to multilateral entities. To this end, it would establish the United States Multilateral Aid Review Task Force, comprised of senior agency officials from relevant departments of the federal government, to publicly assess the value of U.S. government investments in multilateral entities, such as the United Nations or the World Bank.

The review would include multilateral entities to which the U.S. government contributes voluntary or assessed funding, whether cash or in-kind. Its objectives would be to:

  • Provide a tool to guide the U.S. government’s decision making and prioritization with regard to funding multilateral entities;
  • Provide a methodological basis for prioritizing funding for entities that advance relevant U.S. foreign policy objectives;
  • Incentivizing improvements to multilateral entities’ performance in achieving better outcomes on the ground in developing, fragile and crisis-affected regions; and
  • Protecting U.S. taxpayers’ investments in foreign assistance by improving transparency with regard to multilateral entities’ funding.


For each multilateral entity that receives U.S. government funding, the review would provide an assessment scorecard evaluating:

  • The extent to which the entity met its stated mission, goals and objectives during the review period;
  • The quality of the entity’s management;
  • The extent to which the entity's policies and procedures followed best practices for accountability and transparency during the review period;
  • The extent to which the entity’s policies and practices align with relevant U.S. foreign policy objectives; and
  • The extent to which the entity’s mission, goals and objectives overlap with the mission, goals and objectives of other multilateral institutions that also receive U.S. government funding.

Impact

U.S. government funding for multilateral entities; senior agency officials from relevant federal government departments; and multilateral entities that receive U.S. government funding.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2299

$1.00 Million
When this bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, the CBO estimated that implementing it would cost less than $500,000 each year and total $1 million over the 2018-2022 period.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Ken Buck (R-CO) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to establish a review process for U.S. foreign aid dollars going to multilateral entities:

“Our country has spent billions of taxpayer dollars supporting multilateral agencies, such as the United Nations. While this funding is vital, it is important that those who receive U.S. foreign assistance are managing it effectively. However, years of inept leadership at various agencies have diminished the effectiveness of many programs across the globe. I believe we can, and we must do better, and that is why I am proud to introduce this legislation. I believe it is in our nation’s best interest to provide increased transparency of our foreign aid investments and I encourage my colleagues to join me as cosponsors of this important legislation.”

Rep. Buck’s office contends that the review process this bill establishes would give Congress transparency into U.S. contributions to multilateral entities and incentivize such entities to improve their outcomes by improving themselves.

The Engaging America’s Global Leadership (EAGL) Coalition, an organization representing 26 industry manufacturing associations, expressed its support for this bill in the 115th Congress. Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), one of EAGL’s member organizations, said:

“The Multilateral Aid Review Act is an essential first step towards greater accountability and transparency at international institutions. At a time when budgets are tight and discussions about global institutions abound, everyday Americans believe in the need for engagement but want to know that their interests are being protected. This act ensures that taxpayer funds are being responsibly allocated and highlights investments in international institutions that work — and those that are not in line with U.S. foreign and economic policy. It adds a level of accountability, both at home and abroad, that is definitely needed to ensure the nation's economic interests are furthered.”

This bill has one cosponsor, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), in the 116th Congress. Last Congress, it was sponsored by Rep. McCaul with the support of two bipartisan House cosponsors (one from each party) and didn’t receive a committee vote. A Senate companion bill last Congress, sponsored by Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), had seven bipartisan cosponsors (four Democrats and three Republicans) and passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but didn’t receive a full Senate vote.

Last Congress, this bill had the support of the EAGL Coalition and the National Association of Manufacturers (including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, Advanced Medical Technology Association, Grocery Manufacturers Association and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association).


Of Note:

According to Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), who sponsored this bill in the House in the 115th Congress, U.S. government agencies collectively spent over $10 billion on funding multilateral entities in FY 2016.

Historically, the U.S. has been a leader in creating and using multilateral institutions to advance its development priorities around the world. Along with its allies, the U.S. played a major role in organizing much of the current multilateral development system, including the World Bank Group, UN agencies working on humanitarian and development challenges, and GAVI (the Vaccine Initiative). Despite this long history of investments in multilateral institutions, the U.S. has yet to conduct a comprehensive multilateral aid review.


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AKA

Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019

Official Title

To establish a review of United States multilateral aid.

    👍🏻House Bill H.R. 2299 AKA the “Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019”👍🏻 I’m in full agreement with and support the passage of the House Bill H.R. 2299 AKA the “Multilateral Aid Review Act of 2019” which would establish a review process for U.S. foreign aid dollars going to multilateral entities. To this end, it would establish the United States Multilateral Aid Review Task Force, comprised of senior agency officials from relevant departments of the federal government, to publicly assess the value of U.S. government investments in multilateral entities, such as the United Nations or the World Bank. Despite making contributions to multilateral entities for decades, the U.S. has never conducted a thorough audit of its contributions to these organizations. It’s time to conduct an audit to ensure that the U.S. is spending its money funding these organizations effectively and aligning its multilateral entity funding with its foreign policy goals. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻DoItNow👍🏻👍🏻. 7.6.19.....
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    Audit the DOD. The blank check defense spending is a MUCH bigger problem. They have admitted “losing” more than 800 times more money than this. These are ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE OF DIFFERENCE. Get a sense of scale please.
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    This is an attempt to further isolate us from the rest of the world. It is xenophobic in it’s intent and makes absolutely no sense. Audit the DOD and start with zero-based budgeting for the DOD, the White House, Congress.
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    Absolutely not. Why now? The next administration will have to rebuild world alliances and re-partner with the world community. There are issues of global import which can not be ignored. Sabotaging an incoming party’s ability to address these issues by undercutting established channels, I would view as borderline treasonous. Put your Country before your party. Leave international cooperative forums alone. We will absolutely be needing them.
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    Not by this administration who, in my opinion does nothing but sabotage healthy existing structures for the gain of those who are already very rich. To destabilize the UN, is very scary considering that this administration seems to cozy up to leaders who do not themselves allow or value freedom for their populations ( for example, North Korea, Russia, and Saudi Arabia) and I am very concerned of us having ours lost, or compromised.
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    Not by this corrupt administration.
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    Isolationism is not pretty, and it doesn’t work.
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    I’d rather have the DoD under audit and made to account for the Billions it receives as a blank check. This is a thinly veiled attempt to limit humanitarian aid.
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    Look insane people , you’ve got no idea ( nor do I ) of a world without the UN. It’s a key eminent to to world peace, I’ll say that. https://qz.com/1392506/what-is-the-un-general-assembly-and-why-do-we-need-the-un/amp/
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    No. Not while dangerous delusional demagogue trump is in our government. Get a sane, sensible government in before doing this- because Dotard just goes off and does more crazy, terrible very bad things to our allies and friends in the world. Stop the madness. Stop trump’s corrupt regime.
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    We have been giving monies to various countries and world organizations since WWII. Generally just passed on without any audits. It has been long enough to rethink our strategy. We can still find where needed but stop where it does no good or help. I am all in favor of helping in natural disasters but buying friendship is another thing.
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    Wasteful spending should be the focus. Cuts in defense spending are needed. Defense contracts with exorbitant award fees are costing taxpayers too much. Reduce government travel cost. With telecommunications, Meetings can be held without travel. Hold elected officials to government per diem rates with personal responsibility for any overage. Congressional pet projects that often benefit only the contractor must be eliminated. Budget restraints until deficit is reduced.
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    Firstly, we don't spend much on multilateral entities (only about $10 billion). Secondly, we already have information about US funding of such organizations, so there is no need for such a redundant bill.
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    Our $$$ being used against us and our ideals and beliefs. So why are we doing this ?
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    Ridiculous. Budgets of all the federal government entities are already published and subject to Congressional approval — so information about multilateral agencies is already publicly available. No need for this bill because if someone wants to know what the U.S. is spending on multilateral agencies, GO LOOK IT UP.
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    I’m in full support and recommend passage of this bill as written. The UN has never been our friend especially with the admission of muslin nations and nations like China. The UN started out with good intentions but turned into the same weak organization just like the League of Nations and we should either pull out or cut our funding drastically. #MAGA
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    No. We need to keep some life line to reality while we are under the leadership of this pig.
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    This comes across as an attempt to defund these entities, which is a bad idea. Transparency and accountability are good, but not with the goal of cutting funds.
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    This is already public knowledge. We don’t need extra laws that serve no purpose.
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    Absolutely not by this administration. They want to isolate our country from our allies and become part of the dictators club. Funding for institutions like the UN should not be cut. Period.
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