Senate Ratifies Sweden, Finland Request To Join NATO; Sen. Hawley Stands Alone In Dissenting

Senate Ratifies Sweden, Finland Request To Join NATO; Sen. Hawley Stands Alone In Dissenting


U.S. Senators formally signed off on expanding the Western military alliance Wednesday by ratifying NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, which obligates American forces to defend the European countries in the event of an attack.

While the war between Russia and Ukraine continues, Finland and Sweden submitted applications to join the alliance after NATO leaders formally invited the countries into the 30-member organization. Of those, 22 have already approved the two Scandinavian countries’ bid for accession.

The resolution passed, 95-1, with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) dissenting, citing that expanding American security commitments in Europe would only make the problem worse and the nation less safe. Hawley argued that the Chinese Communist Party is America’s greatest foreign adversary at the moment.

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