What: All Issues : War & Peace : Respect for International Law & the United Nations : S 600. Fiscal 2006 State Department Authorization/Vote to Increase the Share of U.S. Funding for the U.N. from 25% to 27.1%. (2005 senate Roll Call 84)
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S 600. Fiscal 2006 State Department Authorization/Vote to Increase the Share of U.S. Funding for the U.N. from 25% to 27.1%.
senate Roll Call 84     Apr 06, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In 1994, Congress unilaterally reduced the amount of funding for United Nations peacekeeping missions from 31 percent to 25 percent of the world share. During debate on the 2006 State Department Authorization bill-a $34 billion authorization for State Department operations, foreign assistance programs, and U.S. foreign aid-Senator Biden (D-DE) proposed an amendment which would have increased the percentage of U.S. contributions for U.N. peacekeepers from 25 percent to 27.1 percent. Progressives voted in favor of Biden's amendment based on their view that the United States should fully-fund its obligations to the United Nations rather than avoiding responsibility for peacekeeping and humanitarian missions. According to Senator Biden, "U.N. peacekeepers perform critical functions in the area of conflict and instability around the world. They monitor cease-fires, human rights conditions, clearing minefields, disarming combatants, providing humanitarian assistance, and organizing and observing elections, which all costs money." Conservatives voted against Biden's amendment and argued that U.S. funding to the U.N. should remain at 25 percent. On a vote of 40-57, the Biden amendment was defeated and the additional funding for the United Nations was excluded from the underlying 2006 State Department Authorization bill.

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