Lawmakers Take Issue With U.N.

Lawmakers Take Issue With U.N.

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News Specialist John Daley reportingWith a war in Iraq possible soon, and deep disagreement between the U.S. and some of its allies in the U.N., Utah lawmakers are making noises about where they stand.

The issue this morning: a resolution urging Congress to withdraw United States membership from the U.N.

The U.N. has often drawn fire from very conservative elements of the state. You'll recall an anti-U.N. ordinance passed by the town of LaVerkin a couple of years ago.

This morning, state lawmakers met at the capitol to discuss whether Utah legislators should support a resolution urging the United States to pull out of the United Nations.

Clearfield Representative Don Bush made his case before the State Government Operations Committee, stating he believes the U.N. is draining U.S. resources but not offering adequate support or protecting member nations.

"We could use that money for many of our own people who have needs and for many of the things our country needs, instead of supporting an organization that is not friendly to the United States anyway," Bush says.

"I think this is a marvelous bill. I ask each one of you to vote in favor of this. And I think each one of you would be pleased at the end result of the message we would send," says Gayle Ruzicka of the Utah Eagle Forum.

Others from a group called the "Get Us Out Committee" also spoke in favor of the resolution.

And in the end, the committee did vote to pass the resolution, which will now move on to the House floor.

Governor Leavitt's spokesperson says Leavitt does not support the resolution.

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