U.S. Congressman Ted Poe announced today that an amendment he offered to H.R. 2745, the United Nations Reform Act of 2005, passed last night by a vote of 402-14.

The amendment requires the Office of Management and Budget to give a yearly report to Congress on all contributionswhether they be assessed, voluntary, or in-kindthat the United States gives to the United Nations. By keeping track of the contributions, the United States will be more capable of holding the United Nations accountable for the way it spends its members money and makes use of its members contributions.

The United States will never be able to hold the United Nations accountable if we dont know where our aid is going once we hand it over to them, Poe said. I commend Chairman Hyde for spearheading this effort to investigate and hold the UN accountable for their actions

Poe had broad bipartisan support and he was praised by his colleagues for offering the amendment. Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) said, So often in-kind contributions like airlift for military operations in no way gets on the ledger, so we do not have a thorough and a full accounting of the U.S. contribution and how the money is spent. I commend and thank the gentleman for his amendment.

The amendment was part of the U.N. Reform Act that passed the House today by a vote of 221-184.