House Members Call on U.S. To Leave WHO

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Sign at Pan American Health Organization Headquarters and World Health Organization Regional Office in Washington, DC. | Image by Mark Van Scyoc/Shuttterstock

House Republicans are pushing for the United States to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO) over its alleged failure in responding to COVID-19, among other controversies.

Several House members, including Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), sent a letter to the House Foreign Affairs Committee on May 24 advocating for two resolutions that would stop the federal government from sending American taxpayer money to the WHO and pull the United States out of the organization entirely.

The WHO recently came under fire for its “sexuality education” guidance that encourages schools to teach young children and toddlers about “gender identities” and “early childhood masturbation,” as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

The guidance reportedly states that children have “the right to ask questions about sexuality … the right to explore gender identities [and] the right to explore nakedness and the body.”

In a written statement to Breitbart News, Roy said, “The WHO failed in its response to COVID-19, it is wholly out of step with the American people’s values, and it should lose every single penny of U.S. taxpayer money it gets.”

“Republicans must stand up for the American people, their freedom and basic fiscal sanity, by telling the Biden administration, the WHO, and public health establishment to go pound sand,” he continued.

The two resolutions are the No Taxpayer Funding for the World Health Organization Act (HR 343), which has 41 cosponsors and is authored by Roy, and the WHO Withdrawal Act (HR 79), which has 44 cosponsors.

“We have authored legislation … which would protect Americans’ rights by withdrawing from the WHO and halting federal funds to the organization,” the letter reads. “We would welcome the opportunity to work with the Committee on other approaches to disentangle the United States from the WHO.”

In addition to Roy, the letter pushing for these resolutions was signed by 10 other House members: Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Dan Bishop (R-NC), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Eric Burlison (R-MO), Bob Good (R-VA), Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL), Alex Mooney (R-WV), Barry Moore (R-AL), Ralph Norman (R-SC), and Andy Ogles (R-TN).

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman to whom the letter is addressed, also represents Texas.

Biggs, who authored the WHO Withdrawal Act, argued to Breitbart News that the WHO “issued ineffective health guidance” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Public health decisions in America ought to be made by elected officials here in America — not executives from an international organization in Geneva, Switzerland,” Biggs said. “The Biden Administration cannot grant more authority to an organization that is compromised by Communist China and that has repeatedly issued ineffective health guidance during the COVID global emergency.”

The Arizona congressman said he remains “hopeful that the House Foreign Affairs Committee advances our legislation.”

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