A Periodic Bulletin from Howard Phillips, Chairman of The Conservative Caucus
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No. 23-A FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. CONTACT: Charles Orndorff
Contrary to the claims of the United Nations, President Clinton and Congressional leaders, the United States does not "owe" one penny to the United Nations. There are no unpaid "dues" awaiting Congressional action.
Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution declares that "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriates made by Law...." Moreover, Congress may not impose taxes for purposes not explicitly delineated in the Constitution.
Even if Congress is unwilling to take the United States out of the United Nations, it should refuse to appropriate any amount for so-called unpaid "dues." Giving validity to these claims merely encourages the United Nations to go on adding new programs (especially new "peacekeeping" interventions" and increasing its budget.
The vote on a supplemental payment to the United Nations will be a test of each Member's fidelity to the Constitution and sovereignty of the United States.
The Conservative Caucus is a non-profit public policy action organization, founded in 1974, which is committed to restoring the Federal government to its Biblical premises and Constitutional boundaries.