US May Cut UN Funds

US votes to reduce UN funding:

Reflecting frustration over allegations of UN mismanagement and corruption, the Senate on Wednesday agreed to a Republican-backed measure to reduce the cap on the US share of UN peacekeeping costs to 25% from the current 27.1%.

It rejected 40-57 a Democratic amendment to keep the current cap for at least two more years.

“The negotiations at the UN regarding UN reform and the lowering of UN peacekeeping dues is under way. Let us ensure that our next ambassador to the United Nations has an opportunity to go to New York and work on this issue,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a Tennessee Republican.

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