Join a Bipartisan Coalition in Cosponsoring H.Res. 202
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been a critical component of our national security and foreign policy since its foundation in 1949. With 28 Member states and partnering with many more countries, NATO promotes the ideals of democracy, individual liberty, and the desire for peaceful resolutions of disputes. A transatlantic military and political alliance, it serves as a collective deterrence. In today’s age of uncertainty, it is important that we send a clear sign to our allies that we are committed to the Alliance.
Given the serious threats and challenges we face today, not only from the actions of nation states like Russia, Iran, and North Korea, but also from international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS—America’s leadership of NATO is as relevant today as it was in 1949. Whether it was tens of thousands of troops from NATO countries serving alongside Americans in Afghanistan, or U.S. and our NATO partners standing side by side in Eastern Europe to deter Russian aggression, America is safer and stronger when it works with our NATO partners.
Since Article 5, which declares that an attack on any Member of the Alliance is an attack on all Allies, was invoked by NATO for the first time in its history following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, NATO continues to exhibit its commitment to combating Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia. Additionally, NATO continues to serve as a bulwark against Vladimir Putin and his desire to expand Russian influence across Europe and the Middle East.
Russia has sought to bully NATO members in Eastern Europe and beyond with belligerent behavior, exhibiting threatening actions against our own military assets and continuing to use cyber-attacks against U.S. interests at home and abroad. Maintaining partnerships with our European allies is not only critical to our national security, but will send a clear collective message to Mr. Putin and Russia that antagonizing the Alliance will not stand.
To show we stand with our NATO allies against all threats in an increasingly dangerous world, and to encourage our allies to spend sufficient national resources on defense in support of NATO’s collective capacity, we welcome you to join us as a cosponsor reaffirming the commitment of the United States to NATO. If you would like to be a cosponsor or have any questions, contact Samantha Price (Delaney) at Samantha.Price@mail.house.gov or at 5-2721 or Ryan Clark (Coffman) atRyan.Clark@mail.house.gov or at 6-9583.