NC congressman chosen to attend UN assembly

Sep. 13, 2013 @ 12:07 PM

A western North Carolina congressman has been picked by President Barack Obama as a representative to the general session of the United Nations starting next week.

The president announced this week the appointments of Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of Macon County and Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee of California.

Meadows is a first-term congressman and member of the House Foreign Relations Committee who has been critical of the president's policies and the United Nations. He criticized the U.N. in his primary last year for trying to set broad environmental regulations in the United States through a program called Agenda 21.

Meadows told the Asheville Citizen-Times his view has not changed. He says America needs to be a player on the world's stage while not undermining its sovereignty.