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Accuracy in Media editor Cliff Kincaid disclosed today that a hugely expensive bill called the "Global
Poverty Act," sponsored by Democratic Senator Barack Obama, was quickly passed
by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday and could result in the
imposition of a global tax on the United States. Kincaid said that the major
media's cover-up of the bill, which makes levels of U.S. foreign aid spending
subservient to the dictates of the United Nations, demonstrates the media's
desire to see Senator Obama elected to the presidency. In a column posted on the AIM web site, Kincaid noted that Senator Joe Biden,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was trying to rush Obama's
"Global Poverty Act" (S. 2433) through his committee without hearings. The
legislation would commit the U.S. to spending 0.7 percent of gross national
product on foreign aid, which amounts to a phenomenal 13-year total of $845
billion over and above what the U.S. already spends. It was scheduled for a
Thursday vote but was moved up a day, to Wednesday, and rushed through by
voice vote. Kincaid learned, however, that conservative Senators have now put
a "hold" on the legislation, in order to prevent it from being rushed to the
floor for a full Senate vote.
The House version (H.R. 1302) was suddenly brought up on the House floor last
September 25 and was passed by voice vote. House Republicans were caught
off-guard, unaware that the pro-U.N. measure committed the U.S. to spending
hundreds of billions of dollars. Kincaid's column notes that the official in
charge of making nations comply with the U.N. Millennium Goals, which are
prominently highlighted in the Obama bill, says a global tax will be necessary
to force American taxpayers to provide the money.