House Republicans have introduced a bill that, if passed, would set in motion the United States’ withdrawal from the United Nations.
According to NBC, Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers initiated this proposal, called the “American Sovereignty Act of 2017” or, to be more technical, H.R. 193. It was brought to Congress at the start of the new year—January 3, 2017—and referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs that same day.
The bill articulates its purpose baldly: “To end all membership of the United States in the United Nations.” Doing so would mean repealing the United Nations Participation Act of 1945, enacted just months after the end of World War II.
“The President shall terminate all membership by the United States in the United Nations in any organ, specialized agency, commission, or other formally affiliated body of the United Nations…The United States Mission to the United Nations is closed. Any remaining functions of such office shall not be carried out” reads H.R. 193.
Abidingly, the U.S. headquarters for the United Nations would be shuttered as well. The bill, which methodically and antiseptically details America’s complete extrication from this global organization, moreover includes a provision repealing the United Nations Environment Program Participation Act of 1973.
Should the bill be signed into legislature, it will come into effect two years after signing.