Senate just added Sweden and Finland to NATO. Josh Hawley says that’s not where our focus should be

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Important Takeaways:

  • Senate Votes to add Sweden, Finland to NATO
  • Each country must ratify Sweden and Finland’s application to be admitted to NATO.
  • The Senate overwhelmingly approved the application for both countries 95-1. Democrats and Republicans overwhelmingly approved of the measure, while Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) voted no, and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) voted present.
  • The Senate voted before the ratification vote on an amendment proposed by Paul that would stipulate that Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty would not supersede Congress’s sole authority to declare war. The Senate rejected the motion, 10-87.
  • Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) earned the ire of his Republican colleagues when he announced on Monday that he would oppose admitting Sweden and Finland into NATO.
  • In his op-ed for the National Interest, Hawley wrote that the expansion of NATO would obligate the United States to defend more countries at a time when America needs to realign its posture towards curbing an expansionist China. He also contended that many European NATO members do not meet their NATO obligations to spend two percent of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense.

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