Congress Passes Bill Regarding NATO Withdrawal

( – The US Congress passed a bill preventing a President from pulling out of NATO without Congressional approval. Part of the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act, Florida Republican Marco Rubio, and Virginia Democrat Tim Kaine inserted the bill to make sure NATO membership is not unilaterally revoked by Presidential order.

President Joe Biden is expected to sign the NDAA, passing the bill into law, which will formalize the process for exiting the NATO treaty. There is a precedent for Presidents to unilaterally exit treaties, so this bill could run into a legal fight in the future.

The NDAA passed both the House and the Senate with strong majorities, 310-118 in the House and 87-13 in the Senate. The bill is believed to be a response to concerns that former President Donald Trump may pull out of NATO if he’s elected to office again. Trump had previously criticized NATO members for not holding up their end of the agreement to spend at least 2% of GDP on defense spending, which would take some of the financial burden off of the US.

Trump also questioned the necessity of invoking Article V: the mutual defense agreement that guarantees all members come to the aid of any member country attacked by any other country. He suggested it might be foolhardy to honor Article V in defense of a member country that’s acting aggressively because it could spark World War 3. He mentioned why the US should come to the aid of “Montenegro.”

Under President Biden, NATO has expanded membership to Finland, a country bordering Russia, and is still seeking to add Sweden.

Senator Rubio stated this law will make it clear that the US intends to protect its allies. NATO currently has 31 member countries. The group was started in 1949 by 12 Western countries to combat the expansion and influence of the USSR and marks the unofficial start of the Cold War between the United States and the USSR.

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