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house Bill H.R. 3797

Withholding 10 Percent of U.S. Dues to the United Nations Until it Defines International Terrorism

Argument in favor

The United Nations needs to play a larger role in fighting international terrorism, but that requires defining it. America should withhold 10 percent of its ordinary contributions to the UN until it does so.

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10/19/2017
"If it weren't for the UN we'd all be at war," is like saying "If it weren't for exorcists we'd all be possessed by demons." That's not how this whole thing works. Cut 100% of funding. Just leave the UN. Let's maintain peace with all nations, but the UN is useless and unnecessary. It represents some romantic ideal that has never manifested in reality. Recognize that the experiment has fizzled, and take comfort that the world never needed it to succeed in order to have peace.
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Terry's Opinion
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10/19/2017
The UN is a useless organization full of corruption and liberal socialism that can’t even feed people. The U.S. should pull out and spend the monies given to the UN in a more effective way.
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10/19/2017
We should’ve pulled out of the UN years ago. The UN has little use for the US outside of using our military as their personal police force. When they need a problem fixed, they call us; when we need anything, they act as though we should ‘know our place’. To paraphrase: what have they done for us lately?
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Argument opposed

It would be unwise to antagonize the international community by withholding 10 percent of U.S. contributions to the United Nations until it adopts a definition of international terrorism.

Tyler's Opinion
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10/19/2017
This just helps set the precedent for other countries in other situations to withhold money until they get what they want as well. That’s akin to a child holding their breath until they get their desired object. These are world-leaders working in conjunction with each other, find a viable solution in a diplomatic way.
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10/19/2017
We cannot in all seriousness make such demands on the world when we turn a blind eye to our own homegrown terrorism
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10/19/2017
If the government won’t define homegrown, white people that commit mass shootings, or other terroristic acts AS terrorists, how can we, as a nation, expect the international community, to define the same? This seems to be more about money than anything else. Please stop pretending that you care about anything else other than money.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedSeptember 14th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3797?

This bill would require the Secretary of State to withhold ten percent of U.S. contributions to the United Nation’s (UN) biennial budget until the UN adopts a definition of “international terrorism” that’s aligned with U.S. laws. The term would be defined as terrorism involving one or more citizens of a country — or the territory of one or more countries as a safe haven or transit point — if such a country allows, tolerates, or disregards the activities of the involved citizens or use of territory.

In 2016 the U.S. provided about $3 billion to the United Nations, with about $600 million for the UN’s regular budget, nearly $2.4 billion to the UN’s peacekeeping fund, and additional voluntary contributions to other programs.

Impact

The United Nations; and the Secretary of State.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3797

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthSponsoring Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) introduced this bill to withhold 10 percent of the assessed U.S. contributions to the United Nations until the UN adopts a definition of international terrorism that’s consistent with U.S. law:

“Today, I am introducing the “Define It To Fight It” Act — a bill that withholds ten percent of our contributions to the United Nations until they define international terrorism — the very thing that they are supposed to be fighting.”

This legislation has the support of two Republican cosponsors in the House.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: honglouwawa / iStock)

AKA

Define it to Fight it Act of 2017

Official Title

To withhold United States contributions to the regularly assessed biennial budget of the United Nations until the United Nations adopts a definition of "international terrorism" concurrent with United States laws, and for other purposes.

    "If it weren't for the UN we'd all be at war," is like saying "If it weren't for exorcists we'd all be possessed by demons." That's not how this whole thing works. Cut 100% of funding. Just leave the UN. Let's maintain peace with all nations, but the UN is useless and unnecessary. It represents some romantic ideal that has never manifested in reality. Recognize that the experiment has fizzled, and take comfort that the world never needed it to succeed in order to have peace.
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    This just helps set the precedent for other countries in other situations to withhold money until they get what they want as well. That’s akin to a child holding their breath until they get their desired object. These are world-leaders working in conjunction with each other, find a viable solution in a diplomatic way.
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    We cannot in all seriousness make such demands on the world when we turn a blind eye to our own homegrown terrorism
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    If the government won’t define homegrown, white people that commit mass shootings, or other terroristic acts AS terrorists, how can we, as a nation, expect the international community, to define the same? This seems to be more about money than anything else. Please stop pretending that you care about anything else other than money.
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    Can I withhold paying my cell bill until the provider defines hidden fees?
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    The UN is a useless organization full of corruption and liberal socialism that can’t even feed people. The U.S. should pull out and spend the monies given to the UN in a more effective way.
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    Withholding dues is ridiculous. We’re either committed to all of the work the UN is doing, or we’re not. Quibbling over a single piece of legislation or policy is childish and there’s enough of that in politics already.
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    We should’ve pulled out of the UN years ago. The UN has little use for the US outside of using our military as their personal police force. When they need a problem fixed, they call us; when we need anything, they act as though we should ‘know our place’. To paraphrase: what have they done for us lately?
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    I agree that the UN and international community should discuss, define and combat terrorism. However, withholding money because we want everyone to agree with us and do things on our terms is childish. This is not the way to communicate our concerns.
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    10% is not enough!
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    At this time I believe we need to seek solidarity. The UN is a very important entity to global peace and function. It facilitates the ease of treaty and can help blur boarders when necessary. Forcing them to act on a “budget ransom” would only further show our countries immaturity.
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    So we should withhold money until the UN bends to our will? The UN is not a puppet organization of the United States. We need to stop telling other countries and international agencies what to do especially since we can’t even get our own affairs in order.
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    Just 10%? How about just leaving all together. The UN is one of those organizations that is a money hole to country’s budgets, that has no real affect on the world as a whole. A romantic dream that will never become reality because it has no power and infringes on state sovereignty. It has failed in Yemen, Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, the CAR, Venezuela, North Korea, Somalia, and a few more. Just leave and watch it fall in on itself because honestly, it does very little and we pay way too much to keep its head above the water.
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    Your decimal was off. You meant “100%”.
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    We need to lead the international community toward consensus. We need to find a definition or way of identifying this paradigm that not unilateral. Every nation is succeptable, many more terrorist-driven attacks on other nations that would surely drive those nations toward a better definition.
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    Absolutely!! The UN is white washing the terrorist countries. The whole point we founded the UN was to be together and fight the terrorists and the bad guys, well they’re doing the opposite! Until we don’t clarify and agree how we handle terrorists we should cut funding to the UN completely.
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    The UN’s record on terrorism is terrible. They must be pressed to define exactly what is considered terrorism, and what is not, at the least. If they will not include religious violence (Islamist violence in particular) as terror, then the US should consider withholding even more funds.
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    I'm more concerned about home grown terrorism
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    Drop out of the UN totally! The US is close to bankruptcy and this organization has little benefit to us .
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    Let’s go one step further and just cut all funding. UN does nothing but enable terrorism and human rights violations across the world.
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