SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED TO H.R. 2745, HENRY J. HYDE UNITED NATIONS REFORM ACT OF 2005

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE ON
H.R. 2745, HENRY J. HYDE UNITED NATIONS REFORM ACT OF 2005

(in alphabetical order)

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Barton #21
Directs the Office of Internal Oversight Services to investigate the Oil for Food Program, and makes the investigation subject to U.S. appointment. LATE.

Boozman #8
Adds the lifting of restrictions on the secondment of military personnel to serve at the Department of Peacekeeping Operations headquarters in New York to the list of reforms which the United States should pursue. It is not linked to a certification requirement and withholding of assistance.

Cannon #28
Adds whether the United Nations or any of its specialized agencies have contracted with parties on the U.S. Government’s Excluded Parties List to the report to Congress on the state of U.N. reforms since 1990. LATE.

Cantor/Berkley #18
Directs the U.S. Permanent Representative to the IAEA to ensure that the IAEA Board of Governors adopts a resolution making Iran ineligible to receive any nuclear material, technology, equipment, or assistance from any IAEA Members State until Iran is in full compliance with the IAEA.

Chabot/Lantos #2
Directs the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. to oppose anti-Semitic statements and anti-Israel resolutions in the U.N.

Flake #9
Creates a certification of U.N. cooperation that requires the U.N. to release documents that concern the Oil-for-Food Program, upon request of the permanent representatives of member states; and to waive the immunity of U.N. officials from the judicial process in the U.S. for civil or criminal acts under federal or state law that transpired in the U.S. and in connection with the Oil-for-Food Program.

Fortenbery #29
Directs the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. to use the voice, vote, and influence of the U.S. at the U.N. to make every effort to ensure the formal adoption and implementation of mechanisms to: 1) suspend the membership of a Member State if it is determined that the government of such Member State is engaged or complicit in act of genocide, war crimes, or crimes against humanity; 2) impose an arms and trade embargo, travel restrictions and asset freeze upon groups or individuals responsible for such acts; 3) deploy a U.N. peacekeeping operation from an international or regional organization; 4) deploy monitors from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees to the area where such acts are occurring; and 5) authorize the establishment of an international commission of inquiry into such acts. Links the provision to the certification and withholding process under section 601. LATE.

Garrett #25
Discourages the State Department from increasing the size of the U.N. Security Council. LATE. REVISED.

Garrett #26
Directs the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. to make every effort to enforce zero nominal growth in all assessed dues to the regular budget of the U.N., its specialized agencies, and its funds and programs. LATE. REVISED.

Garrett #27
Requires the Comptroller General to submit a report to Congress describing the costs associated with the contracting for and construction of the Geneva, Switzerland, buildings of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). LATE.

Gohmert #13
Prohibits U.S. assistance to a country that opposed the position of the U.S. in the U.N. The term “opposed the position of the U.S.” means, in the case of a country, that the country’s votes in the General Assembly and Security Council (if the country is a member) were the same as the position of the U.S. less than 50 % of the time.

Hoyer #19
Directs the U.N. to suspend U.N. membership and impose an arms and trade embargo on a country in which genocide is taking place, and also deploy a peacekeeping operation with a mandate to stop the genocide. If these steps are not taken, the U.S. may direct 10% of its U.N. peacekeeping contributions to an internationally recognized multilateral peacekeeping operation or international organizations providing humanitarian assistance to the area. WITHDRAWN.

King(IA) #14
Prohibits the Secretary of State from making contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in an amount greater than the highest contribution to UNRWA made by an Arab country, but may not exceed 22% of the total budget of UNRWA.

King(NY) #3
Instructs the President to direct the United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations to use the voice, vote, and influence of the United States to ensure the Secretary General exercises the right and duty to waive immunity of any United Nations official who is under investigation for or is charged with committing a serious criminal offense.

Kirk/Andrews #5
Calls for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to rescind the Small Quantities Protocol (SQP) and requires that any nation that has signed the SQP to have implemented and be in compliance with the Additional Protocol providing for more stringent inspections; and prohibit any IAEA members from receiving any nuclear-related material, technology, equipment, or assistance and subject it to penalties, if they do not adhere to the higher inspections standards.

Kline #1
Requires that nothing in the title regarding peacekeeping operations shall be construed as superseding the Uniform Code of Military Justice or operating to affect the surrender of U.S. officials to a foreign country or international tribune, including the International Criminal Court, and nothing in the title shall be interpreted in a manner inconsistent with the American Servicemembers’ Protection Act.

Kucinich #10
Adds “strengthening of international labor rights” as another U.N. reform and adds it to the certification and withholding process of section 601.

Lantos/Shays #15
Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Contains all the reforms of H.R. 2745, with the following differences: 1) Rather than require withholding dues if certain reforms are not met, the substitute authorizes Secretary Rice to withhold up to 50% of our U.N. dues, but would not mandate such a cut; 2) Rather than withhold a portion of U.S. dues to the U.N. if its member states refuse to change certain programs from the “assessed” to the “voluntary” budget, the substitute authorizes Secretary Rice to withhold up to 50% of U.S. dues to the U.N. dues if substantial progress has not been made to carry out such a change; 3) while keeping the U.N. reforms on peacekeeping, the substitute provides Secretary Rice with a waiver in the event that a new or expanded mission is essential to America’s national interest; 4) the substitute also ensures that we do not withhold funds from the U.N. when it is separate specialized agencies, such as the World Health Organization or the World Intellectual Property Organization, that have failed to make necessary reforms; 5) the substitute provides for an extension of the authority to pay our peacekeeping dues at 27.1 percent for the next two years, ensuring that we do not immediately go into arrears at the U.N.; and he amendment includes incentives by supporting an effort to pay our dues on time (we now pay in the last quarter of the calendar year), supports an increased U.N. budget for the large number of new offices that will be needed to implement the reforms, supports a well structured buyout of unneeded U.N. personnel and supports a contribution to the U.N. Democracy Fund. REVISED

Markey #17
Calls for the President to direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the IAEA to call for penalties to any State Member that violates or withdraws from the Nonproliferation Treaty by requiring them to return any nuclear materials or technology acquired for peaceful purposes.

McCotter #20
Provides that no employee of the U.N. shall be compensated while participating in a domestic election except for voting and acting on behalf of the U.N. in an authorized U.N. mission; that the U.N. cannot hire an employee who has been convicted in a generally recognized court for any crime or crimes involving financial misfeasance, malfeasance, fraud or perjury; that any U.N. employee who is convicted for any crime or crimes involving financial misfeasance, malfeasance, fraud or perjury shall be subject to termination; that any employee who has contact regarding the internal ongoing operations of the U.N. with any person not employed by the U.N. shall prepare a memorandum of such contact and make it available to Member States. LATE. REVISED.

McCotter/Engel #24
Calls on U.S. Permanent Representatives to ensure full implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1559, including by calling for U.N. inspectors to verify and certify withdrawal of all foreign forces, including security, intelligence, and police, as well as disarming of all militias; and by calling for U.N. observer team to prevent further manipulation of the Lebanese electoral process, including helping to prevent targeted assassination of Lebanese political figures. This amendment also calls for the U.S. to seek adoption of a UNSC Resolution to impose punitive measures on Syria and other foreign forces, such as Iran, whose forces remain in Lebanon in violation of UNSCR 1559 and those who directly, or through their proxies, are infringing upon the territorial integrity or political sovereignty of Lebanon. LATE.

Pearce #22
Prohibits an employee from any U.N. entity, bureau, division, department, or specialized agency from having unauthorized contact, including business contact, with a Member State that is subject to U.N. sanctions. LATE.

Pence #16
Requires that there be no more than five times difference in the levels of assessment among the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. If the Secretary of States cannot certify that such requirement is met, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. is required to use the voice, vote and influence of the U.S. to deny that permanent member the use of their veto in the Security Council. REVISED

Poe #12
Requires OMB to submit a report to the House International Relations Committee on the U.S. contributions to the U.N. The report shall include assessed, voluntary, and in-kind contributions.

Ros-Lehtinen #23
Calls for the establishment of a democracy fund to assist countries that respect and uphold human rights and are determined by the Secretary of State to be emerging democracies or democracies in transition. Fund would be administered by the U.S. and other members of the U.N. Democracy Caucus. LATE.

Royce #11
Adds an additional paragraph to the list of reforms in section 201(b), which the President shall direct the U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N. to achieve in the area of human rights reforms. The new paragraph states that country specific resolutions shall not be eliminated. This additional provision is made part of the certification and withholding process of section 601.

Stearns #6
Changes the amount of regular U.S. dues withheld from 50% to 75%.

Stearns #7
Gives the Independent Oversight Board and the Office of Internal Oversight Services subpoena power in conducting their investigations.

Wilson(SC) #4
Adds the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories and any other entity the Secretary determines results in duplicative efforts or funding or fails to ensure balance in the approach to Israeli-Palestinian issues to the list of entities which the Department of State is directed to review and report on in order to avoid duplicative efforts and funding.

* Summaries derived from information submitted by the amendment sponsors.