United Nations Ignores Auditors' Requests

Floor Speech

Date: April 20, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. GROTHMAN. Mr. Speaker, we have a lot of committee hearings and a lot of subcommittee hearings here every week, and the press is not able to adequately cover them all.

I highlight the committee hearing in which we examined the current assistance of the United States toward what is left of Afghanistan.

The United States, being the United States, even after we left that country, gives from $4 billion to $5 billion in aid, which should be humanitarian aid to help the Afghan people. In the hearing, we heard from the inspector general, who is somewhat of an auditor of American programs, as to what was becoming of the money.

Our wonderful United Nations, together with the State Department, together with the Department of Defense, together with the USAID, some of these agencies breaking the law, refused to open up their books and tell our auditors what they are doing with the money.

I hope, as we head into appropriations season, we do not forget that when we give money to the United Nations, they ignore our requests to find out what is happening to the money. I hope the American public also remembers what the Departments of Defense and State are doing.