Reuters Newswire article.
"The Bush administration rejected a Republican plan to withhold U.S. dues from the United Nations but stopped short of threatening to veto the bill which the House of Representatives may take up on Thursday.
The administration said it would likely support Japan and only one or so other nations for permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council as countries prepare to reform the world body after scandals ranging from sex abuse by U.N. peacekeepers to allegations of corruption in the Iraq oil-for-food program.
Pitting itself against some Republican allies in Congress, the administration opposed part of a bill sponsored by House International Relations Committee chairman Rep. Henry Hyde, an influential Illinois Republican, to withhold half of U.S. dues to the U.N. if reforms are not enacted.
"We think this provision is unacceptable," Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns told reporters, saying the bill would undermine U.S. credibility and effectiveness at the U.N.
While the administration did not oppose all of the bill, Burns objected to a portion that officials believed would infringe on the president's constitutional prerogatives to conduct foreign policy."