United Nations

On February 16, 1995, the House of Representatives passed The National Security Revitalization Act. Among the provisions included in H.R. 7 are limits on the president's ability to place U.S. troops under the command of foreign officers acting on behalf of the United Nations. This provision is based on legislation that I introduced with Rep. John Doolittle during the 103rd Congress.

For too long, the Clinton administration has placed the agenda of the United Nations ahead of the national security interests of the United States. The United States is currently responsible for 25 percent of the U.N.'s normal operating budget and 31.7 percent of each U.N.-sponsored peacekeeping operation. In addition, the Clinton administration has moved some U.N. peacekeeping expenditures from the State Department to the Defense Department, which has had a direct negative impact on military readiness. The National Security Revitalization Act prohibits the use Defense Department funds for U.N. operations. The legislation also requires the U.N. to deduct the cost of all U.S. indirect and direct support of U.N. peacekeeping operations from the total U.S. contribution to the U.N. In addition, the legislation requires the president to ensure that the Central Intelligence Agency develops guidelines to protect U.S. intelligence sources and methods when intelligence is shared with the U.N.

Please know that I will work to ensure that the interests of the United Nations never supersede the interests of the United States.

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