This bill would prohibit countries that oppose the position of the U.S. when voting at the United Nations from receiving U.S. foreign aid. An exemption would be allowed for countries that have recently experienced a fundamental change in their leadership and policies toward the U.S. and change their voting policies at the U.N. Additionally, the president could exempt a country from this bill’s prohibition if they determine it’s in the interest of national security.
What is House Bill H.R. 4237?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4237
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has introduced this legislation in each session of Congress 2005, becoming the latest Republican to take up its sponsorship after former Rep. William Goodling (R-PA) first introduced it in March 1999. Gohmert said of the bill in 2005:
“It is critical that some of these nations receiving vast amounts of U.S. tax dollars realize some of us are tired of their working so hard against us. By introducing this legislation, I am continuing to encourage a deep look at our role as benefactor to countries who work so hard against us. Throwing money at our enemies has made them more contemptuous, not less. It is the role of government to protect its people, not pay others to hate us.”
This legislation has the support of two cosponsors, both of whom are Republicans.
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United Nations Voting Accountability Act of 2017
To prohibit United States assistance to foreign countries that oppose the position of the United States in the United Nations.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on Foreign AffairsIntroducedNovember 3rd, 2017
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