Blumenauer Statement on GOP Efforts to Withdraw the United States from United Nations

January 24, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) released the following statement on legislation (H.R. 193) that would terminate U.S. membership in the United Nations (UN) and prohibit U.S. funding of UN operations:

"Republican efforts to withdraw the United States from the United Nations (UN), like H.R. 193, are senseless and shameful.

"We live in a deeply interconnected world where global stability and human well-being are inextricably bound. We not only have a responsibility, but a global interest, in ensuring that the United Nations is an effective organization.

"The United States cannot go it alone. Now, more than ever, international cooperation is necessary to address human rights crises and conflicts across the globe. This cooperative body makes the world a safer, more peaceful place. 

"Furthermore, failure to fully fund the UN is an attack on poor people around the globe. The UN’s humanitarian programs to help children access education, feed the hungry, and offer basic medical care should NOT be a casualty of partisan assault."