Some American taxpayers know that they contribute more than one-fifth of the United Nations operating budget, but the full extent of U.S. contributions to the world body – a much larger figure – has been less well known since a congressional reporting requirement lapsed in 2011.
A group of Republican senators wants to change that.
Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Mike Lee, (R-Utah) and others are submitting legislation that would require the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to report contributions to the U.N. each year from every federal agency, including non-monetary gifts.
“It’s disturbing that no one, including our ambassador to the United Nations, knows exactly how much money we send the U.N. every year,” Enzi said in a statement.
“With a national debt exceeding $17 trillion, we need to be able to account for every dime we spend, including what we send to the U.N.”
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