Budget Hearing - United Nations and International Organizations: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, April 15, 2015   [open pdf - 590KB]

This is a compilation of the April 15, 2015 hearing entitled "Budget Hearing - United Nations and International Organizations," held before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. From the opening statement of subcommittee chairwoman Kay Granger: "Regarding budget issues, the request includes a significant increase for accounts that fund the United Nations and other international organizations -- approximately 25% higher than last year. Like many increases in the President's request, this one is difficult for me to justify. The United States is by far the largest contributor to the U.N. and more work needs to be done to ensure that the U.N. has its budget under control. For example, U.N. peacekeeping costs have skyrocketed. The Administration should work with the U.N. to phase out peacekeeping missions when possible and lower the rate the United States pays for them. Madam Ambassador, you have committed to reform the U.N. and as you know, our appropriations bill contains strong transparency and accountability requirements. Some progress has been made, but many international organizations continue to fall short. After all of these years, there is simply no excuse for this. I look forward to your thoughts on all of these important issues." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Samantha Powers.

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