H.Con.Res.489 - Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should not rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).107th Congress (2001-2002)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Paul, Ron [R-TX-14] (Introduced 09/26/2002)|
|Committees:||House - International Relations|
|Latest Action:||09/30/2002 Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (09/26/2002)
[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 489 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 489 Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should not rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 26, 2002 Mr. Paul (for himself, Mr. Flake, Mr. Jeff Miller of Florida, Mr. Hostettler, and Mr. Weldon of Florida) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on International Relations _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of the Congress that the United States should not rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Whereas President Ronald Reagan withdrew the United States from membership in UNESCO in 1984, citing gross financial mismanagement, anti-American bias, and anti-freedom policies; Whereas in 2001 President George Bush supported an amendment to H.R. 1646 that would have stricken language of congressional support for a renewal of United States membership in UNESCO; Whereas the United States has a single vote in UNESCO despite being assessed 25 percent of the UNESCO budget and having promised to contribute $60,000,000 upon rejoining the organization; Whereas the current UNESCO director's belated attempts at cost cutting were so resisted by the organization that his own staff went on a hunger strike; Whereas UNESCO membership may force unconstitutional restraints on United States freedom of the press; Whereas UNESCO, through a memorandum of agreement with the Department of State, has designated 47 United Nations biosphere reserves in the United States covering more than 70 million acres, without congressional consultation or approval; Whereas UNESCO effectively bypasses congressional authority to manage Federal lands by establishing management policies without congressional consultation or approval; Whereas UNESCO membership would undermine United States sovereignty by forcing United States adherence to the United Nations global policy on bioethics; Whereas UNESCO seeks to levy an unconstitutional ``global tax'' on Internet use on United States citizens; and Whereas UNESCO has a history of meddling in the education policies of its member-countries and has sought to dictate school curriculum for United States primary and secondary schools, thus undermining United States sovereignty: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of the Congress that the United States should not rejoin the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). <all>