United Nations Dues Last year, Congress and the executive branch finally agreed to pay back-dues that Washington owes the United Nations. But now the dues payments have been suspended again. House Republicans have introduced legislation to withhold the dues until U.S. troops are exempted from possible prosecution by the proposed international criminal court. The withholding of U.S. dues has caused great resentment at the U.N., where President Bush is scheduled to address the General Assembly later this month. He wants the dues paid, but will have to convince his fellow Republicans to do so. NPR's Vicky O'Hara reports.
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Last year, Congress and the executive branch finally agreed to pay back-dues that Washington owes the United Nations. But now the dues payments have been suspended again. House Republicans have introduced legislation to withhold the dues until U.S. troops are exempted from possible prosecution by the proposed international criminal court. The withholding of U.S. dues has caused great resentment at the U.N., where President Bush is scheduled to address the General Assembly later this month. He wants the dues paid, but will have to convince his fellow Republicans to do so. NPR's Vicky O'Hara reports.