What: All Issues : War & Peace : Respect for International Law & the United Nations : H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Prevent the U.S. from Re-Entering the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). (2003 house Roll Call 405)
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H.R. 2799. Fiscal 2004 Commerce, Justice, State Appropriations/Vote to Prevent the U.S. from Re-Entering the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
house Roll Call 405     Jul 22, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

Since its creation in 1945, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had worked to educate students across the globe on issues of diversity and cultural awareness. In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan removed the U.S. from the international coalition of countries that support UNESCO and, from 1984 to 2003, the U.S. failed to rejoin the organization. The 2004 Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill, however, included a provision to enable the U.S. to re-enter UNESCO. During debate on the appropriations bill, Congressman Paul (R-TX) proposed an amendment which would have eliminated the $71 million contained in the appropriations measure to allow the U.S. to re-enter UNESCO. Progressives voted against Paul's amendment because, in their view, UNESCO plays an important international role in advocating principles of human rights, democracy, diversity, tolerance, and cultural awareness and should therefore benefit from U.S. participation and financial assistance. Democrats voted overwhelmingly against Paul's amendment and the measure was defeated 145-279, thereby insuring that the U.S. would re-enter and contribute funding to UNESCO upon passage of the Commerce, Justice, and State appropriations bill.

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