Bolton: No progress on reforms, but cap lifted

From Reuters:

“While the expenditure cap is going to come off this week one way or another, it would not be right to conclude from that that we made substantial progress or any progress at all on management reform,” Bolton told reporters.

But “the question is whether Congress shares that perspective,” Bolton said. “The measure we think for Congress will be the extent of real reform. As of this point there is not much reform to talk about.”

The US House of Representatives will consider the bill in which UN funding is provided today and tomorrow. Today’s NY Sun reports similar statements:

“If asked, as I was before the Senate subcommittee last week, how much reform has taken place, I will answer honestly: not much,” Mr. Bolton said. He also discussed a hearing conducted under Mr. Coburn’s leadership about America’s share of the funds needed to refurbish the U.N. headquarters.

“Now there is pressure building again in Congress to withhold contributions,” Mr. Bolton said.

“While the expenditure cap is going to come off this week one way or the other,” Mr. Bolton said, “it will not be right to conclude from that, necessarily, that we made any progress” on reform. But he said, “The struggle will continue.”

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