A group of U.S. House members led by Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania introduced the Defund Davos Act, aimed at halting American funding to the World Economic Forum.
Representatives Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Diana Harshbarger of Tennessee, Andy Ogles of Tennessee, and Matt Rosendale of Montana joined Perry as cosponsors.
The legislation is simple: It would prohibit the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development from allocating funds to the increasingly controversial World Economic Forum. The move reflects growing concerns among conservatives in Congress about the expenditures and the focus of the forum’s annual conference held in Davos, Switzerland. The weeklong 2024 conference, on the theme of “Rebuilding Trust,” ended Friday.
“Forcing American Taxpayers to fund annual ski trips for insular, global elitists is absurd – not to mention reprehensible. The World Economic Forum doesn’t deserve one cent of American funding, and it’s past time we defund Davos,” Rep. Perry said.
The World Economic Forum is known for its annual conference that assembles CEOs, world leaders, and other influential figures to discuss various global issues.
At the most recent meeting in Davos, numerous federal officials attended at the expense of U.S. taxpayers to hear people like WEF founder and CEO Klaus Schwab and Biden Administration Climate Envoy John Kerry, who told the gathering that farmers are the next target: “Agriculture contributes about 33% of all the emissions of the world. And we can’t get to Net Zero—we don’t get this job done—unless agriculture is front and center as part of the solution … You just can’t continue to both warm the planet, while also expecting to feed it. It doesn’t work. So we have to reduce emissions from the food system.”
Rep. Perry and other conservatives have expressed concerns over the nature of the elitist organization that fields topics ranging from global governance to new solutions to world hunger, like encouraging people to eat insects.
Historically, the United States has contributed millions of dollars to support the forum and its conferences, which conservatives view as dystopian.
The conference has been a platform for leaders from nations like China and Iran to oppose U.S. interests and explore ways to enforce global governance.
Rep. Tiffany echoed Perry’s statements, saying, “The wealthy WEF globalists should not receive Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars. The Defund Davos Act would ensure that U.S. tax dollars are not funding the World Economic Forum and their reset on our way of life. I thank Congressman Perry for leading this important effort.”
American Majority CEO Ned Ryun told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that the WEF is an extremist organization:
“The WEF is a fanatical political organization that uses fear and manipulation, like Covid hysteria, like the hoax of global warming, to really facilitate people thinking that somehow they’re the saviors,” Ryun said. “But really all you’re doing is helping them accomplish their goal, which really is a global public-private fascist movement, and fusion of big government, big tech, big money, to create a technocratic ruling elite, which conveniently is them. They want to create feudalism 2.0, in which we are serfs, and they are the lords ruling over us. That’s what they’re aiming for.”
The Defund Davos bill reflects concerns about the forum’s objectives, which include establishing a global financial system, promoting policies like mandatory electric vehicle purchases and car sharing, and leveraging Artificial Intelligence in driving the economy and societal functions. It has a good chance of passing the U.S. House of Representatives, but almost no chance of getting by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and the Democrats who control the Senate.
The full text of the bill can be read at this link.