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Report: Senate preparing legislation to condemn, sanction U.N. after anti-Israel resolution

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 20: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during a news conference about military assistance to Israel at the U.S. Capitol September 20, 2016 in Washington, DC. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is threatening to stall approval of an agreement on military assistance between the U.S. and Israel by introducing legislation that would boost the aid above what the countries agreed on. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressional Republicans are moving swiftly to condemn the United Nations after the U.N. Security Council last week passed an anti-Israel resolution that bans the Jewish nation from building settlements in land claimed by the Palestinians.

According to a report from Politico, Republican Sen. Jerry Moran (Kan.) is planning to introduce legislation next week condemning the international body for their anti-Israel resolution, calling it a "sense of the Senate" resolution. The proposal is intended to be accompanied by similar legislation in the House, according to Politico, signaling Congress' serious desire to sanction the U.N. as quickly as possible.

Florida Republican Rep. Dennis Ross is expected to be the House member to introduce the measure in the House, congressional aides told Politico.

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A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he had no announcement on whether the chamber would vote on Moran’s resolution or another one like it. Several aides in both parties say there are bipartisan discussions about the Senate censuring the U.N. given the outrage over last week’s Israel vote.

The Senate is expected to quickly proceed to a budget resolution next week, which would give senators the ability to offer unlimited nonbinding amendments at a majority threshold and is often used as a platform for votes on extraneous issues. If a disapproval resolution were introduced and voted upon separately, it could require 60 votes if a senator filibusters it, tying up the Senate floor.

In addition, because of the support Israel receives from both Republicans and Democrats, any legislation sanctioning the U.N. over their anti-Israel resolution is expected to garner bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress.

Still, other senators want more. Sens. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) have said since last weekend that the Senate needs to take drastic action against the U.N. and defund them of all monetary support from the U.S.

It's not clear if either senator plans to introduce legislation to make that happen, but they continue to be two of the more outspoken voices against the U.N.

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