Rubén Gallego and Will Hurd Want Congress to Protect NATO
Donald Trump has repeatedly spoken out against NATO, especially critiquing the amount some allies contribute. He has even reportedly threatened to pull the U.S. from the alliance. Congressmen Rubén Gallego (D-AZ) and Will Hurd (R-TX) on Monday introduced a Joint Resolution that would prevent any U.S. suspension of, termination of, or withdrawal from NATO unless and until Congress is consulted and gives its approval for such a move. The legislation -- which they introduced with Representatives Gerry Connolly (D-VA) and Elise Stefanik (R-NY) -- would also require the notification to Congress within 48 hours of any effort to suspend, terminate, or withdraw from NATO; require an affirmative two-thirds vote in the Senate or Act of Congress to approve any decision to suspend, terminate, or withdraw from NATO; and authorize Congressional counsel to defend Congress’ rights, powers, and authority as expressed in the above provisions. “NATO is and will remain a critical force for deterring Russian attempts to corrupt western democracy and for permanently underwriting U.S. and allied security. There is no more comparable collection of capable, coordinated, and effective nations at preserving the common defense than this alliance,” said Gallego. Hurd added, “NATO has contributed to the peace and prosperity of North America and Europe for 70 years. Just as NATO has stood with us time and time again, we must always stand with them.” The resolution is companion legislation to a bipartisan Senate resolution introduced earlier this month. More here.