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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).


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                    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

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                         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).
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