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Senate GOP Call For Rejection Of UN Agenda

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that calls for the rejection of a United Nations agenda on the environment and poverty has passed the Senate.

The resolution, which "recognizes the destructive and insidious nature of United Nations Agenda 21," was approved 19-11 on Tuesday. The House passed the measure 72-23 last month.

The agenda came out of the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 following discussions on "sustainable development."

Republicans say the agenda is a veiled attempt to take away property rights.

They say the 300-page document contains catch phrases such as "sustainable development," which they say actually means Tennesseans could lose their land or businesses.

But Democratic Sen. Andy Berke of Chattanooga said the agenda is about caring for the environment's future, "which is exactly what we should be doing."

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