More than a dozen Republican members of the House of Representatives voted against a resolution on Monday that expressed support for Finland and Sweden to join NATO.
Eighteen Republican members of the House of Representatives objected to the measure: Representatives: Andy Biggs (Arizona), Dan Bishop (North Carolina), Lauren Poubert (Colorado), Madison Cawthorne (North Carolina), Ben Klein (Virginia), Michael Cloud (Texas) , Warren Davidson (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Florida), Bob Judd (Virginia), Marjorie Taylor Green (Georgia), Morgan Griffith (Virginia), Thomas Massey (Kentucky), Tom McClintock (California), Mary Miller (Illinois), Ralph Norman (SC), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), Chip Roy (Texas) and Jefferson Van Drew (NJ).
The measure specifically articulates Finland and Sweden’s support for NATO membership – which they both applied to do in May – and urges member states to formally support their bid to join the alliance.
In addition, the resolution opposes any attempts by the Russian Federation to respond negatively to the two Scandinavian countries’ decision to join the military alliance and urges NATO countries to fulfill their agreed defense spending pledge of 2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). At the Wales Summit 2014.
The passage of the measure came exactly two months after Finland and Sweden applied for membership in NATO and less than three weeks after the military alliance A pair of countries called to join the group.
Pressure on Sweden and Finland to join NATO intensified after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Since then, Moscow has continued its offensive.
Massey said Twitter on Monday After voting “America cannot and should not support the defense of socialist Europe. Tonight, I voted against a House resolution urging NATO to be expanded to Sweden and Finland.”
His tweet included a link to a file Newsweek article As of March he said that only eight out of 30 NATO countries had committed to the principle of spending 2 percent of their GDP on defense in 2021 – a fact that was reflected in the NATO Secretary General’s report. Annual Report.
Massey and other GOP lawmakers who contested Monday’s decision voted against measures related to Russia, Ukraine and the invasion in the past.
In May, Massey and Green Vote “No” to three bills linked to the invasion. One forced foreign entities and individuals under the jurisdiction of the United States to comply with the sanctions imposed on Russia and Belarus. Another called for making US policy to prevent Russian officials from participating in meetings and activities of the Group of Twenty and other financial institutions. The third prevents the Secretary of the Treasury from participating in SDR-related transactions owned by Russia or Belarus.
Belarus supported Russia throughout its invasion of Ukraine.
The lawmakers also joined 54 Republicans that day in voting against a bill to suspend multilateral debt payments owed by Ukraine.
In April, Massey, Greene, Cawthorne, and Roy joined four progressive lawmakers in opposition to measure President Biden has urged to confiscate assets from Russia’s sanctioned oligarchy and use the money to help Kyiv amid its battle with Moscow.
Also in April, 10 House GOP members—including Massey, Greene, Bigs, Bishop, Davidson, Gates, and Norman— They voted against the Ukrainian Lending and Leasing Billwhich sought to make it easier for the United States to send military aid to Ukraine during the Russian invasion.
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