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Obama administration denounces plans to dock UN
Obama administration lashes out at 'backward' congressional calls to withhold UN funds
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' The Obama administration is stepping up criticism of calls by some members of Congress to withhold or slash U.S. funding of the United Nations.

A senior State Department official said Wednesday that such moves were "backward" and would seriously undermine America's role as a world leader. Esther Brimmer, the assistant secretary of state for international organizations, said the administration's engagement with the United Nations had bolstered once-languishing U.S. influence at the world body. She dismissed as "alarmist" concerns that the U.N. is working against U.S. interests.

Brimmer allowed that the U.N. needs reform, but said that could be better achieved with more and not less U.S. involvement.

Her comments come as some in Congress are demanding changes to U.N. funding that could force the U.S. to withhold half its contribution.

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