The GOP-led House rejected a Republican-led effort to force the United Nations to give back $179 million in overpayments.
The vote was 259-169, but Republicans needed two-thirds of those voting to clear the bill, sponsored by Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. She and Rep. David Rivera, R-Miami, argued for its passage, with Rivera assailing the UN for giving Cuba and China "powerful seats on the Human Rights Commission."
The State Department argued against passage, saying $100 million of the money already had been designated for the New York City police department to improve security around the U.N. facility.
The NYT reports the bill's collapse was the latest embarrasing floor defeat for the GOP-led House.