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Rubio Looks to Reform the United Nation's "Ineffective Leadership"

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By JAVIER MANJARRES

The United Nations has long been criticized of being a do-nothing, anti-Israel world governing organization, that if not for the funding  from the United States, it would cease to exist.

Senator Marco Rubio has introduced legislation that would look to “implement comprehensive and long-overdue reforms at the United Nations.”

“The U.S. should not continue funding the lion’s share of the UN’s budget without, at a minimum, several key reforms to ensure greater accountability and transparency. Nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations was founded to maintain the peace after the end of World War II. While at some times throughout its history the UN has played an effective role in global affairs, today it is plagued by ineffective leadership, excessive bureaucracy, ethical abuses, misspending and transparency problems.

The U.S. should not continue funding the lion’s share of the UN’s budget without, at a minimum, several key reforms to ensure greater accountability and transparency. Nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations was founded to maintain the peace after the end of World War II. While at some times throughout its history the UN has played an effective role in global affairs, today it is plagued by ineffective leadership, excessive bureaucracy, ethical abuses, misspending and transparency problems.

“With the many global challenges we face in the 21st century – including rogue regimes, failed states, terrorism, and blatant violations of human rights – the UN has to get with the times and change. By bringing greater accountability and budget transparency, the U.S. will be able to ensure that American taxpayer dollars going to the UN are actually advancing our national interest.”-Sen. Marco Rubio


Rubio outlines the key points in his legislation, including making it U.S. policy to shift its funding for the the UN to voluntary contributions, as well as withholding “U.S. contributions to any UN entity that rants full membership to the Palestinian Authority in the absence of a negotiated peace settlement with Israel

  • Makes it U.S. policy to shift funding for the UN regular budget to voluntary contributions and includes a mandate to pursue zero nominal growth of the UN regular budget, maintaining the 22 percent cap on U.S. contributions to the regular budget and reinstating a 27 percent cap on U.S. contributions to peacekeeping operations.

 

  • Authorizes the creation of an Inspector General (IG) to investigate and audit the use of U.S. contributions to the UN. It withholds U.S. contributions to any UN entity that fails to cooperate with IG investigations and adopt an independent internal audit organization.

 

  • Withholds U.S. contributions to any UN entity that grants full membership to the Palestinian Authority in the absence of a negotiated peace settlement with Israel.

 

  • Withholds a proportional amount of U.S. contributions to the UN system that would have been expended on activities related to the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel of deliberately attacking Palestinian civilians during Operation Cast Lead. It also withholds U.S. contributions to any UN activities related to the Durban Process that has veered from its original intent of fighting racism to become a forum for anti-Semitism. The bill would also deny U.S. funding to any UN entity that recognizes NGOs that condone anti-Semitism.

 

  •  Conditions U.S. funding to the UN agency which aids Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) on a State Department report that UNRWA has adopted and is implementing several counterterrorism reforms, including the adoption of updated counterrorism list to vet their personnel.

 

  • Conditions U.S. contributions on the adoption of specific reforms at the organization, including measures to strengthen compliance oversight and seeks to ensure that U.S.-designated state sponsors of terrorism do not receive civilian nuclear assistance.

 

  • Calls for implementation of pending reforms in the areas of planning, management, conduct and accountability in UN peacekeeping, and mandates the withholding of U.S. support for new or expanded peacekeeping missions until the most critical are instituted (subject to a Presidential waiver based on vital U.S. national security interests or avoidance of genocide).

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • MM

    We need to get OUT OF THE UN, not reform it, Sen. Rubio.

    Pres. Bush Sr signed the UN Treaty on Agenda 21, the Senate voted against it hence it was NOT ratified by the US, however it continues to be implemented in the US. What does your bill do to stop this?

  • redpens

    Earth to Marco: There is no reforming the UN. Stop funding those one world commies once and for all. And MM, you are right. We are fighting against Agenda 21 because the UN has sent its’ agents to the local level. They need to be exposed with their commie smart meters and general disdain for local government

  • surfcat50

    Here’s a more effective “comprehensive reform”: stop sending them US taxpayer money. There, all done!

  • Rone

    I a later update to this story, Sen. Rubio said that the UN has been doing a splendid job of accounting for the money it spends. He will instead push for an huge increase in the amount of money the US contributes. After all, we will have 11 million more internationals in the US after Rubio’s comprehensive Amnesty bill. “Why shouldn’t we contribute our fair share?” quipped Rubio.

    Rubio is a pathological liar and you cannot believe anything he says. Look for him to be out in front of every conservative cause until he is up for another election. Then nothing he has said will mean anything. He will do a complete reversal on whatever position he has been running on, just like he did with his Amnesty bill. In fact, I have never seen any politician do such a spectacular sellout of the people who put them in office.

    Anyone but Rubio the next time he is on the ballot. He is absolutely contemptible and a disgrace.

  • SSMcDonald

    Reform?? How do you reform a Muslim controlled organization. DEFUND is the correct terminology that Rubio should promote (but he won’t). Valueless speeches for the media are becoming a Rubio specialty.

  • RedStateDan

    Oh, great. Now that Senator Rubio has “fixed” our immigration system, he can get to work on further subjecting United States citizens to the whims of an unaccountable global agency. Doesn’t that just make you feel all warm and tingly inside? Rubio’s Establishment masters have really got him dancing to their tune. I’m 100% on board with Rone: I will enthusiastically support a true conservative primary challenger to Rubio the Backstabber.

    Only one thing I want to hear from any senator about the U.N., and that’s “Get US out!”

  • Flintlock

    Rubio is just grandstanding and blowing smoke in an attempt to recover some of the conservative support he’s lost. Too late Bucko, you cooked your own goose with amnesty. Rubio knows perfectly well that Comrade Reid will never bring this to the floor of the Senate and it’s going no where. He also knows that even if it was approved in both houses of Congress, the Great Marxist, who is a big fan of UN world government, would veto it. Rubio is so full of bull crap it’s a joke.

  • Carlos

    Rubio’s absolutely correct on this one. We should have gotten the USA outta the UN and the UN outta the USA long, long ago!

  • Kay

    Unfortunately Rubio has proven himself to be a liar. I, too, was one who heard him say he would “never support amnesty” – BEFORE the election . Who believes what he says about anything now?

  • jerry

    as far as Rubio goes all of a sudden he is taking on all the pet conservative causes,, he has shown his true colors, this is just political theater to bamboozal us again
    he is a lier and many of us will not fall for his BS again

    go have a beer with SCOTT BROWN TRAITOR

  • jerry

    i can not wait till he comes up for re election so i can work and support the person running against him

  • FL_Lady

    Obviously, Marco is a New World Order supporter.

    My suggestion? Reform Congress … and get out of the UN.

  • Lamar Smith

    Rubio does not want out of the UN, if he did he would just introduce a bill to stop funding the UN. He just wants an issue to make him to sound conservative. It has become painfully evident that he is not conservative, except to get elected.

  • Joseph McKean

    There is no substitute for victory and there is no substitute
    for utterly destroying the United Natiions.

    Senator Rubio is not going to go for the United Nations juggler.

    He has more hot air than a hot air balloon.

    He is looking at the next election so is all things to all people.

  • frank

    Is the great deceiver still a republican? I thought he joined the socialist party after passing their honesty test.

  • http://sharktank John

    Here the senate whipping boy goes again. I am tired of this word reform along with comprehensive. We do not need to be in the UN in the first place, get out and stay out of others business. Now that he has screwed up immigration, what is next from the new RINO/Democrat semi-light socialist that we had so much trust and integrity in? I just turn him off now. What he says now (like you have to with Chairman Maobama) look the other way because that is the direction it is coming from. If you are not certain that this guy is a farce, maybe you will think so when he starts saying “Let me be clear”, then you may become a believer in his faux agenda. Come on 2016 it cannot get here fast enough. The rubber band man has lost his stretch, with me at least, another wasted vote.