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JONES VOTES AGAINST MORE U.S. FUNDING FOR UNITED NATIONS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week U.S. Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) voted against H.R. 6018, the Department of State Authorization Act. According to the Congressional Budget Office, H.R. 6018 would cost nearly $16 billion to implement between fiscal years 2013 and 2017. Included in the authorization is over $1.6 billion in U.S. taxpayer funding for the United Nations and other international organizations. The bill also includes another $1.8 billion to support international peacekeeping operations in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Liberia, West Africa, Sudan, East Timor, Cambodia, Western Sahara, Kosovo and Bosnia.
The bill passed by a vote of 333 to 61.
“At a time when we are well over $15 trillion in debt, it makes absolutely no sense to continue to give billions of dollars in taxpayers' hard earned money to the UN and the rest of the world,” said Jones. “It is imperative that we keep our money here and work toward decreasing our own debt and deficit.”