Financial Obligations to the United Nations
University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
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The UN can’t survive if the members don’t pay their dues. Right now the United States is over $2 billion behind in its dues, and in fact the US dues are crucial to the way in which the UN has to finance itself. Right now the UN borrows from its peacekeeping budget in order to just pay its general budget. Well, that means it can’t finance its peacekeeping operations properly. If it’s going to do peacekeeping operations, it has to have the money to do them. The US Congress has repeatedly refused to pass the appropriation legislation necessary to pay our dues. So, in spite of the fact that it is our administration’s policy to pay the dues, the Congress has refused to appropriate the money.
Well, there are some members of Congress who have tried to link legislation concerning abortion to the payment of the dues, which is of course—it’s not an issue that should be linked to payment of our dues. It’s like trying to link the abortion issue to—who knows what other international issues might be related. There are many other reasons why others have said that we shouldn’t pay our dues. The point is, we’re under an international legal obligation to pay these dues. We are parties to the UN Charter, and it obligates us to pay them. When you sign a contract, you’re supposed to pay. The US is obligated to pay our dues, and we should.