Saturday, May 24, 2008
The United Nations Association for the United States of American (UNA-USA) is reporting that both the House and Senate have adopted versions of an emergency supplemental spending bill (H.R. 2642) to provide increased funding for UN peacekeeping and membership dues to international organizations, including the United Nations.
According to UNA-USA, the U.S. House of Representatives provided $484 million in FY08 and FY09 funds to cover shortfalls in the budgetary account for UN peacekeeping dues ($150 million more than the President's request), and $128 million in FY08 and FY09 funds for shortfalls in the account that covers membership dues to international organizations ($75 million more than the request). The U.S. Senate provided $534 million for UN peacekeeping ($50 million more than the House), and $141 million for membership dues to multilateral organizations ($13 million more than the House).
Congress is expected to reconcile the different House and Senate versions of the bill when it returns after the Memorial Day recess. UNA-USA warns that the bill faces a White House veto threat over Iraq policy riders and unrequested domestic spending.