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Walker Takes Action to Fight Terrorism

November 23, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (NC-06) has introduced the Define It to Fight It Act, a bill that withholds ten percent of United States funding to the United Nations until the intergovernmental organization adopts a definition for “international terrorism.”

“Since the 9/11 attacks, the United Nations should have been leading a global response to the increasing threat of terrorism, but they fail to even provide a simple definition to the term ‘international terrorism,’” Walker said. “In the wake of yet another terrorist attack in Paris, the world still waits on the U.N. to lead and present a clear understanding of what they’re fighting. The American taxpayers should not be the largest bankroller for an organization that fails to define what we’re up against,” Walker added.

The U.N. Security Council adopted Resolution 1373 on September 28, 2001, which created the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) to become the lead U.N. agent in the war on terror. Since then, the CTC has failed to name a single terrorist, terrorist organization or state-sponsor of terrorism. The three U.S.-identified state sponsors of terror – Iran, Syria and Sudan – have submitted reports to the CTC about their compliance with Resolution 1373. In the absence of any U.N. definition of terrorism, all three states have readily proclaimed that they are engaged in a vigorous campaign to combat terrorism despite clear and irrefutable evidence to the contrary.

In 2015, the U.S. contributed over $650 million to the U.N. budget – over 22% of their budget – making the U.S. the largest contributor.

The Define It to Fight It Act (H.R. 4123) introduced by Rep. Walker last week withholds ten percent of U.S. contributions to the U.N. each year until a definition of “international terrorism” is adopted. Contributions withheld go directly to the U.S. Treasury for debt reduction.