Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo says Congress may sue the State Department. In a move that seems to be anything but legal or ethical, the State Department has just given one half billion taxpayer dollars to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). It is to fulfill an Obama promise to provide $3 Billion to help fund the UN climate change program. What is the rationale? You did not specifically say we could not do it. What’s more, the State Department lawyers are saying it is legal to do this.
As Written By Jennifer G. Hickey at FoxNews.com
Senators accuse State Dept. of defying Congress with $500M UN climate payment.
Two Republican senators are accusing the State Department of misusing taxpayer dollars by green-lighting $500 million for a United Nations climate change program without first obtaining congressional approval.
The senators now are demanding the department justify the “cloak-and-dagger” contribution to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) – even threatening legal action.
“Lawyers cannot replace the constitutional requirement that only Congress can appropriate money,” Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., said, adding that he’s demanding a “full legal analysis.”
Gardner, in a statement to FoxNews.com, alleged the department was trying to “wave a magic wand and write a half-billion dollar check to a Green Climate Fund that they admit was never authorized by Congress.”
He also vowed to “pursue legislative action that prevents cloak-and-dagger re-programming of money outside of congressional approval.”
At the center of the dispute is whether the State Department abused its authority in shifting funds between an existing program and the climate fund.
The Obama administration – despite resistance from congressional Republicans — has committed the U.S. to contributing $3 billion to the fund, a program established by the United Nations to help poor countries adopt clean energy technologies to address climate change. Nearly 200 other nations have agreed to provide $100 billion per year by 2020, from private and public sources.