Writing in The Hill‘s Congress Blog, Representative Tom Lantos, Chair of the House Committee on International Relations, expresses disappointment that the new White House budget request shortchanges the United Nations.
“We face a $130 million shortfall in the account used to pay U.S. dues to the United Nations. For the first time since the historic agreement brokered by Senators Joe Biden and Jesse Helms to pay off old U.S. debt the United Nations, we will once again be in arrears.”
Lantos then couches his criticisms of the budget in National Security terms. You can view his entire post here. It is well worth a read.