Critics Bash GOP’s Failure To Stop Obama From Funding The U.N.’s Global Warming ‘Slush Fund’

Paul RyanRepublicans are furious with President Barack Obama for handing $500 million to a United Nations global warming fund Monday, but lawmakers have no one but themselves to blame for this, according to conservative critics.

“If leadership had wanted to stop it, they could have in the omnibus,” Mike McKenna, a Republican strategist, told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “But they didn’t, mostly because they didn’t want to stop it, or because it would have been too costly.”

Obama’s funding of the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) has been highly criticized by congressional Republicans, but those same lawmakers did not put a rider in December’s budget deal prohibiting the administration from repurposing funds for the GCF.

“The failure of Republicans in Congress to maintain the rider prohibiting funding of the Green Climate Fund was just one among their total failure to maintain policy riders in the omnibus appropriations bill,” Myron Ebell, director of global warming and environment policy at the free market Competitive Enterprise Institute, told TheDCNF.

The State Department took $500 million out of their Economic Support Fund account Monday and diverted it to the GCF. Obama has pledged to give the GCF $3 billion over the years, despite congressional opposition. Republicans argue the administration can’t fund the GCF because the December budget bill did not allow the State Department to use any of the appropriated funds for new programs.

“Congress hasn’t authorized or appropriated any funding for the new international climate change slush fund,” Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said in a Tuesday hearing on the State Department’s budget. “The most recent fiscal year appropriations bill provided no funding for the U.N. Green Climate Fund, specifically prohibited the transfer of funds to create new programs.”

But while Congress didn’t appropriate any funding for the GCF and prohibited the State Department from transferring funds to new programs, the budget deal did not have a rider specifically prohibiting the department from funding the U.N. project.

“Did Congress authorize the Green Climate Fund? No,” Deputy Secretary Heather Higgenbottom  said during Tuesday’s hearing. “We’ve reviewed the authority and the process under which we can do it, and our lawyers and we have determined that we have the ability to do it.”

Barrasso vowed to sue the EPA if Senate investigators found they broke the law by transferring funds to the GCF, but conservative critics say this could have all been avoided had a rider blocking GCF funding been put into last year’s budget deal.

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    Amber

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    And the Republicans wonder why their party has an open revolt against incompetent insiders . They are by their gross negligence ripping off the American tax payers . The money was either illegally transferred or the
    Republicans allowed a $500 million heist of the treasury . In either case the funds need to be immediately returned with interest accruing every day until it is and the bureaucrats that facilitated this massive robbery should be fined and jailed .

    The reason the revolt is taking place is the Republican leadership has turned hard left and has lost the respect of the members who are fed up watching the lead clowns bugger things up . $500 million people . How does that slip through ???

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    JayPee

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    The incompetent insiders have made what used to be the Republican party the

    RINO PARTY !

    And all conservative thinkers and nearly all moderate thinkers find them to be disgusting.

    BTW
    the current ” Democrat ” party is no where even near the middle.
    If you don’t know that, you’re one of those low-info people who the democrats rely on an cheaply appeal to.

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    Amber

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    A $$500 million dollar heist and the media are silent ? No wonder Trump or Cruz are getting in . People have had it with political correct left wing closet socialists from both parties .

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    Amber

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    The Republicans are a house divided and there is no better example of sheer laziness or incompetence than the failure to be specific and clear about $5oo million being exported to the South Korean based Green Climate Fund . The truth is there are a lot of Republicans who act like they are Democrats.
    No wonder GOP voters are demanding an outsider to replace Repubocrats diluting their party .

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