Senators reintroduce bill to block NATO withdrawal

Source: The Hill | April 15, 2021 | Rebecca Kheel

A bipartisan group of senators reintroduced a bill Thursday aimed at blocking any U.S. president from leaving NATO.

“NATO has been a critical alliance for nearly 75 years,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, said in a statement. “It has ably served the U.S., our NATO allies and the world. This bill expresses clear congressional support for the continuing value of NATO and clarifies that no president acting alone can sever the bonds of the alliance.”

Kaine introduced the bill with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a fellow Foreign Relations Committee member and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. It has 13 co-sponsors from both parties.

The bill was previously introduced in the last two sessions of Congress amid concerns that then-President Trump would withdraw the United States from the military alliance, something he repeatedly voiced a desire to do.

President Biden, by contrast, has treated NATO warmly and emphasized the importance he places on allies, coordinating with NATO on several major policies including this week’s announcements on withdrawing from Afghanistan and sanctioning Russia.

But the reintroduction of the bill signals lawmakers’ continued support for the alliance, as well.

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