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Sens. Graham, Cruz introduce measure to cut off funds to UN

Graham Cruz defund UNSens. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Ted Cruz, R-Tex., buried the hatchet and jointly introduced a measure that if passed, would cut off U.S. taxpayer funding of the United Nations (UN) over a resolution condemning Israel, The Hill reported.

According to The Hill:

The bill would stop the flow of funds until the president confirms the repeal of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called Israel’s expansion into Palestinian territories a violation of international law.

Cruz said President Obama “betrayed decades of robust bipartisan American support for Israel” by having his administration abstain from voting on the resolution rather than vetoing it.

“Congress must hold the U.N. accountable and use our leverage as its largest contributor to push for the repeal of this resolution, making it clear to the world that Congress stands unequivocally against efforts to undermine Israel,” he added.

Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry faced bipartisan backlash over the resolution late last year, with Republicans and Democratic lawmakers publicly urging them ahead of the vote to use the U.S.’s veto authority to kill the resolution.

“Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the UN comes from the American taxpayer,” Graham said during an appearance with Cruz on MSNBC. “I don’t think it’s a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Mideast, and takes the settlement issue and says that’s the most important and only issue in terms of an impediment to peace. I begged the UN months before, don’t put me in this box. This was John Kerry and Obama taking a slap at Israel. We’re going to push back. I think most Americans believe that the United Nations has become more anti-Semitic, more anti-Israeli. And I’m a big internationalist, but we’re going to stop the money until we get this fixed. I appreciate Ted’s leadership on this.”

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Here’s video of that segment, complete with Graham’s apology for saying Cruz “should be killed on the Senate floor.”

“Twenty-two percent of the money to fund the UN comes from the American taxpayer,” Graham added. “I don’t think it’s a good investment for the American taxpayer to give money to an organization that condemns the only democracy in the Mideast, and takes the settlement issue and says that’s the most important and only issue in terms of an impediment to peace. I begged the UN months before, don’t put me in this box. This was John Kerry and Obama taking a slap at Israel. We’re going to push back. I think most Americans believe that the United Nations has become more anti-Semitic, more anti-Israeli. And I’m a big internationalist, but we’re going to stop the money until we get this fixed. I appreciate Ted’s leadership on this.”

The measure, also known as the ‘‘Safeguard Israel Act of 2017,’’ can be seen here and says, in part:

The United States Government may not make any voluntary or assessed contributions to the United Nations or any United Nations organization, including any United Nations specialized agency, fund, or program and any other body or entity affiliated with the United Nations or founded by a United Nations treaty, convention, or agreement, until the President certifies to the appropriate congressional committees that United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 (2016) has been repealed.

H/T: Townhall

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