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Remarks of Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN) on U.S. House Floor 

U.S. ATTACKED BY KOFI ANNAN AT NOTRE DAME COMMENCEMENT (House of Representatives - July 12, 2000)

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(Mr. DUNCAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)

Mr. DUNCAN. Mr. Speaker, in this year's commencement speech at Notre Dame, Kofi Annan, the head of the United Nations, bitterly attacked the United States.

He said the U.S. was one of the `least generous' Nations in helping the world's poor. Actually, the exact opposite is true. No nation on the face of this Earth has even come close to the U.S. in what it has given to poor people around the world.

Mr. Annan called the U.S. `shameful.' Actually, U.S. taxpayers pay one-fourth of all U.N. costs and most of the costs of the so-called U.N. peacekeeping missions.

Mr. Speaker, most of our tax money for the U.N. is wasted to pay high salaries to U.N. bureaucrats who pay no Federal income taxes.

Interestingly, Mr. Annan has refused to release a copy of his financial disclosure as required by law or a copy of his own personal charitable giving for the past 5 years as requested by the Freedom Alliance.

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Annan is the one who should be ashamed, not U.S. taxpayers.


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