This bill would prohibit the federal government from paying assessed or voluntary contributions to the United Nations (UN) until reports regarding U.S. contributions to the UN are produced and published. Under current law, there is no mandatory reporting of how much taxpayer money the U.S. gives to the UN, and as a result no summaries have been produced since the requirement to compile them ended in 2011.
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- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Foreign AffairsIntroducedJanuary 4th, 2017
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What is House Bill H.R. 264?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 264
In-Depth: While the U.N.’s 193 member nations are all responsible for paying dues, the U.S. has been its single largest financial contributor since its creation in 1945 and has historically provided about 22 percent of the funding for most U.N. agencies. Precisely how much funding America provides is difficult to determine, because as of 2011 the federal government no longer provides summary reports of mandatory and voluntary contributions to the U.N.
The U.N.’s operating budget is about $2.7 billion annually, and in 2016 the U.S. provided 22 percent of that, or $594 million. It also contributed $2.363 billion to the U.N.’s $8.27 billion peacekeeping budget, more than 28 percent of that total. But aside from contributing to the operating and peacekeeping budgets, the U.S. also makes voluntary contributions to U.N. programs like UNICEF (a fund for children in poverty) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In fiscal year 2013, President Obama’s budget request called for about $417 million in voluntary contributions to a variety of U.N. programs.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Spiff / Creative Commons)