Cruz, Graham offer bill to cut off funding to UN over Israel vote
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GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhat would John McCain do? Sunday shows preview: Trump ratchets up trade war with China White House won't move forward with billions in foreign aid cuts MORE (S.C.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzIs this any way for NASA to build a lunar lander? GOP strategist predicts Biden will win nomination, cites fundraising strength 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (Texas) introduced legislation on Thursday that would cut off funding to the United Nations over a recent resolution denouncing Israeli settlements. 

The bill would stop the flow of funds until the president confirms the repeal of a U.N. Security Council resolution that called Israel's expansion into Palestinian territories a violation of international law.
 
Cruz said President Obama "betrayed decades of robust bipartisan American support for Israel" by having his administration abstain from voting on the resolution rather than vetoing it. 
 
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"Congress must hold the U.N. accountable and use our leverage as its largest contributor to push for the repeal of this resolution, making it clear to the world that Congress stands unequivocally against efforts to undermine Israel," he added. 
 
Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryKentucky basketball coach praises Obama after golf round: 'He is a really serious golfer' The enemy of my enemy is my friend — an alliance that may save the Middle East Democratic governors fizzle in presidential race MORE faced bipartisan backlash over the resolution late last year, with Republicans and Democratic lawmakers publicly urging them ahead of the vote to use the U.S.'s veto authority to kill the resolution. 
 
Graham, who oversees funding for the State Department and foreign operations, called the vote "a slap" against the Middle East ally.
 
"I begged the U.N. months before, don't put me in this box. This was John Kerry and Obama taking a slap at Israel," Graham said. 
 
The House passed a resolution on a 342-80 vote last week denouncing the Security Council vote. A majority of Democrats, 109, voted for the resolution, while 76 voted against it, and four voted "present." 
 
The Senate has introduced its own resolution, which is backed by 68 senators, though it hasn't yet come up for a vote.