H.R.1054 - United National Voting Accountability Act106th Congress (1999-2000)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Goodling, William F. [R-PA-19] (Introduced 03/10/1999)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||House - 03/10/1999 Referred to the House Committee on International Relations. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 106th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1054 Introduced in House (IH)] 106th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1054 To prohibit certain foreign assistance to countries that consistently oppose the United States position in the United Nations General Assembly. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES March 10, 1999 Mr. Goodling (for himself, Mr. Metcalf, Mr. Cunningham, Mr. Brady of Texas, and Mr. Baker) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To prohibit certain foreign assistance to countries that consistently oppose the United States position in the United Nations General Assembly. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``United Nations Voting Accountability Act''. SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON ASSISTANCE TO COUNTRIES THAT CONSISTENTLY OPPOSE THE UNITED STATES POSITION IN THE UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY. (a) Prohibition.--United States assistance may not be provided to a country that consistently opposed the United States position in the United Nations General Assembly during the most recent session of the General Assembly. (b) Change in Government.--If-- (1) the Secretary of State determines that, since the beginning of the most recent session of the General Assembly, there has been a fundamental change in the leadership and policies of the government of a country to which the prohibition in subsection (a) applies, and (2) the Secretary believes that because of that change the government of that country will no longer consistently oppose the United States position in the General Assembly, the Secretary may exempt that country from that prohibition. Any such exemption shall be effective only until submission of the next report under section 406 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991 (22 U.S.C. 2414a). The Secretary shall submit to the Congress a certification of each exemption made under this subsection. Such certification shall be accompanied by a discussion of the basis for the Secretary's determination and belief with respect to such exemption. (c) Waiver Authority.--The Secretary of State may waive the requirement of subsection (a) if the Secretary determines and reports to the Congress that despite the United Nations voting pattern of a particular country, the provision of United States assistance to that country is necessary to promote United States foreign policy objectives. (d) Definitions.--As used in this section-- (1) the term ``consistently opposed the United States position'' means, in the case of a country, that the country's votes in the United Nations General Assembly coincided with the United States position less than 25 percent of the time, using for this purpose the overall percentage-of-voting coincidences set forth in the annual report submitted to the Congress pursuant to section 406 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991; (2) the term ``most recent session of the General Assembly'' means the most recently completed plenary session of the General Assembly for which overall percentage-of-voting coincidences is set forth in the most recent report submitted to the Congress pursuant to section 406 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991; and (3) the term ``United States assistance'' means assistance under-- (A) chapter 4 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 (relating to the economic support fund), (B) chapter 5 of part II of that Act (relating to international military education and training), or (C) the ``Foreign Military Financing Program'' account under section 23 of the Arms Export Control Act. (e) Effective Date.--This section takes effect upon the date of the submission to the Congress of the report pursuant to section 406 of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 1990 and 1991, that is required to be submitted by March 31, 2000. <all>