Sequester? What Sequester? State Department Increasing UN Funding


Despite the sequester Democrats and administration officials have been screeching about for weeks, the State Department is increasing its United Nations funding.

Even as the mandated sequester bites into U.S. federal spending — and newly appointed Secretary of State John Kerry boasts that he is cutting his budget by 6 percent — the State Department is planning to boost spending on the United Nations in 2014 by more than 4 percent to at least $3.6 billion.

That is likely to be far from the final tally of Obama Administration support, as hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. development, health and other funds are usually channeled through U.N. agencies and institutions — with the U.N. agencies taking administrative fees as part of the deal. The most recent tally on the website of the White House Management and Budget website, for example, lists support for the U.N. at $7.7 billion — in 2010.

Nonetheless, the portions that are sprinkled across various areas of  State’s 2014 budget—which, like the rest of the administration’s proposed budget, must still face Congressional approval– are impressive, at least in terms of their hikes over previous years. (Read More)

We should cut all funding of that corrupt organization, not increase it. Good grief.