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Senate votes 95-1 to add Sweden, Finland to NATO
« on: August 03, 2022, 11:12:18 pm »
 Senate votes 95-1 to add Sweden, Finland to NATO
by Alexander Bolton - 08/03/22 6:20 PM ET

The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a resolution ratifying Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to the NATO, sending another signal that Congress remains unified in opposing Russian aggression toward Ukraine and Europe. 

The Senate voted 95 to 1 to approve the resolution, with every member of the Democratic caucus and most Republicans voting in support. It ratifies protocols of accession that NATO allies signed on July 5. 

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), who argued in a recent op-ed that the United States should focus on containing China instead of expanding NATO, was the only Republican to vote “no.”  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) voted “present” on the resolution. 

“We cannot strengthen our deterrent posture in the Pacific if we’re sending more forces and resources to Europe to defend new allies. That’s the bottom line,” Hawley said on the floor before the vote. 

The resolution was a top priority of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who visited Sweden and Finland in May as part of a congressional delegation that also met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

McConnell insisted the Senate ratify Sweden’s and Finland’s NATO membership before leaving for the monthlong August recess.   

“There is just no question that admitting these robust democratic countries with modern economies and capable, interoperable militaries will only strengthen the most successful military alliance in human history,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. 

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Re: Senate votes 95-1 to add Sweden, Finland to NATO
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2022, 06:27:10 am »
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Each time a new country joins NATO, it means the US --nominally other countries, but really the US -- is extending a permanent, limitless vow to defend that new country in any war and to treat its wars as our own.

Who does this benefit? How are Americans' lives improved by this?

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Re: Senate votes 95-1 to add Sweden, Finland to NATO
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2022, 01:14:50 pm »
The "no" vote     

Hawley :  "Expanding NATO does not make America safer. That’s the bottom line. Our priorities now should be to defend against China abroad and our own border at home"  (Video)


https://mobile.twitter.com/HawleyMO/status/1554999565018976256
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