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Once again, the United Nations is coming under scrutiny by Republicans.

Sounding like their GOP predecessors during the Clinton administration, House leaders are talking about withholding U.S. financial support for the organization until it initiates reforms.

Last year, the United States provided $517 million toward the United Nations' annual operating budget of $2.17 billion. In addition, the United States contributed $2.68 billion of the U.N.'s $9.68 billion peacekeeping budget, more than any other nation.

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, plans a hearing today. Along with increased congressional scrutiny, she wants the U.S. financial commitment to be voluntary.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expects to meet with GOP leaders in defense of his efforts and the United Nations.

It is important that the United States maintain its financial obligations and not fall behind as it has in the past.

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