Senate leaders Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer have announced support for a resolution that rejects the United Nations’ recent decision to condemn Israeli settlements erected in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Sens. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) and Ben Cardin (D., Md.) authored the bipartisan measure that expresses “grave objection” to the U.N. resolution passed last month and calls on the Security Council to repeal the action, Politico reported.
The Senate resolution also criticizes the Obama administration’s decision to abstain from the U.N. Security Council vote, calling it “inconsistent” with longstanding U.S. policy.
The measure demands that the Obama administration and future administrations “uphold the practice of vetoing all” U.N. Security Council resolutions that attempt to “insert the Council into the peace process, recognize unilateral Palestinian actions including declaration of a Palestinian state, or dictate terms and a timeline for a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
McConnell (R., Ky.) and Schumer (D., N.Y.) are set to condemn President Obama’s refusal to veto the U.N. resolution. McConnell called the president’s inaction “highly regrettable.”
“Past administrations–both Democrat and Republican–have protected Israel from the vagaries of this biased institution,” Schumer said, according to prepared remarks obtained by Politico. “Unfortunately, by abstaining on United Nations Resolutions 2334, this administration has not followed in that path.”
Twenty Senate members have already co-sponsored the measure.
The House is planning to introduce legislation later this month that will either diminish or entirely eliminate U.S. funding for the U.N. in response to the vote. Over 20 percent of U.N. funding is provided by the U.S., according to BuzzFeed.