BREAKING: House Unanimously Approves Legislation to Prevent Funding of UN Arms Treaty
According to a report in the Daily Caller, the US House of Representatives has passed a piece of legislation which would prevent the United States from spending any money on the UN Small Arms Treaty, in the unlikely event it is ever ratified by Congress.
The White House has indicated that Obama will sign the Small Arms Treaty, although ratification by the Senate as it currently stands is unlikely.
The following are the floor comments from the author of the legislation, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA),
“Over the last year, I have been joined by over 140 bipartisan members of this body to express deep concerns with the ATT and to urge its rejection.
“First, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty undermines our Second Amendment rights by omitting the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and imposing a national ‘responsibility’ to prevent firearms ‘diversion,’ thus opening the door to new gun control measures.
“Secondly, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty undermines our sovereignty by imposing vague, readily politicized requirements on the United States and inviting United Nations-led investigations into what U.S. policy makers knew or should have known regarding arms transfers that allegedly violate the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
“Ultimately, the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty will stop the good from doing good without stopping the bad from doing bad. As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, the U.S. maintains the ‘gold standard’ of arms export controls. My amendment upholds our current policies as well as our enduring values.”
The measure was approved unanimously by a voice vote as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.