Lawmakers send message to D.C. – pull U.S. out of U.N.
Published: July 10, 2009 at 8:31 am
Arizona lawmakers sent more than 100 bills to Gov. Jan Brewer for her approval or veto earlier this month, but a few measures they passed don’t need the governor to sign off – including one that asks Congress to reconsider a measure that would pull the United States out of the United Nations.
SCR1004 was approved 32-17 on June 26 in the House. It already had passed in the Senate by a 17-10 vote.
The resolution would advise Congress and President Obama to support HR1146, the American Sovereignty Restoration Act introduced this year by Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican from Texas. HR1146 would effectively repeal the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 and outlaw any American assistance to the United Nations, monetary or otherwise.
The message of the resolution is contingent upon whether the U.S. continues to use its United Nations veto power to protect allies such as Israel. If the U.S. ceases to do so, then Arizona’s Legislature recommends that Congress reconsider U.S. involvement in the United Nations.
According to the language of the measure, the charter of the United Nations is in direct violation of the U.S. Constitution because it uses U.S. military personnel for its own purposes, thus overstepping Congress’ power to declare war. The bill also claims that the United Nation’s International Criminal Court “violates the rights of the accused as well as…the Bill of Rights.”
Sen. Jack Harper, a Republican from Surprise who sponsored the bill, did not return multiple phone calls and e-mail messages from the Arizona Capitol Times.
Rep. Sam Crump, a Republican from Phoenix, voted for the bill when it was heard in the House Government Committee, of which he is chairman. He cites the United Nation’s ineffectiveness, the cost of U.S. involvement and the nation’s independence as primary reasons for his vote.
“I think we need to be looking at the U.S. first… I think we do need to send some warning shots to the U.N.,” said Crump. “We’re seeing an erosion of sovereignty in terms of U.S. troops under U.N. commanders. We cannot allow our sovereignty to be eroded.”
Rep. Chad Campbell, a Democrat from Phoenix, is one of those who voted against the bill in House Government Committee.
“I’m not sure what the importance of this bill is right now, (while we’re) facing the biggest budget crisis we’ve ever seen in this state,” he said while in committee.
The bill was sent to Secretary of State Ken Bennett before being transmitted to congressional leadership and Arizona’s congressional delegation. Resolutions such as SCR1004 do not require approval by the governor.