To: Representative Carolyn McCarthy


House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen has introduced the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act (H.R. 2829) in order to change the funding structure of the UN. “We need a UN which will advance the noble goals for which it was founded,” Ros-Lehtinen said.

Essentially, instead of paying a lump sum, Ros-Lehtinen is advocating that the US direct its financial contributions to the most efficient and worthwhile sectors of the UN. This prevents the US from inadvertently funding activities with which it fundamentally disagrees, such as the anti-Semitic Durban Conference, or the flawed Goldstone Report from the Human Rights Council. H.R 2829 would also cut off contributions to any UN entity which upgrades the status of the Palestinian mission to the UN.

“The Palestinian leadership’s current scheme to attain recognition of a Palestinian state at the UN without even recognizing Israel’s right to exist has been tried before, and it was stopped only when the U.S. made clear that it wouldn’t fund any UN entity that went along with it,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “My bill similarly seeks to stop this dangerous scheme in its tracks.”

Why is this important?

This year, the UN has participated in a lot of anti-Israel activity, and we wish to change the UN by asking you, Congresswoman McCarthy, to cosponsor the United Nations Transparency, Accountability, and Reform Act (H.R. 2829), introduced by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. As of January 2, 2012 this bill had 141 cosponsors. We ask you to become the 142nd cosponsor.