New windows are being installed at the United Nations Secretariat building. A key U.S. lawmaker intends to introduce a bill that will encourage sweeping reforms at the United Nations. Photo by: Mark Garten / United Nations

Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, plans to introduce a bill that will encourage sweeping reforms at the United Nations.

The announcement comes after Ros-Lehtinen’s earlier pledge of deep cuts to the budgets of the State Department and overseas aid programs.

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Ros-Lehtinen’s bill urges the U.S. government to shun the U.N. Human Rights Council and suspend an amount of U.N. dues equal to the U.S. contribution to the panel until the State Department ensures that the council does not include nations deemed by Washington as “major human rights abusers,” Agence France-Presse reports.

The proposal also pushes for restrictions on U.S. funding to the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency to help block nuclear-related assistance to countries like Iran and Syria, which are on a U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The bill also calls for the creation of a post for a U.S. inspector general to monitor how U.S. dues to the U.N. are spent.

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