The State Department recently released its annual report of voting patterns in the United Nations General Assembly, and the news is unwelcome. The proportion of votes in which the United States was on the winning side fell to less than 19 percent, the lowest level since such scorekeeping began. Some of the most important defeats were on budget issues, where the U.S. delegation has been pressing for long-overdue reform.

The Reagan administration has been holding back some $44 million in additional contributions to the United Nations for the current fiscal year - waiting to see whether reform has gone far enough to justify the money's release. It clearly hasn't.