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house Bill H. Res. 397

Reaffirming America’s Commitment to the NATO Alliance’s Collective Defense

Argument in favor

As a leader within NATO, the U.S. should reaffirm its commitment to the alliance’s collective defense to ensure that there is no confusion about America’s willingness to defend its allies.

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06/26/2017
We are of this world. We are not separate from it. WW 2 taught us that. That's why NATO exists. We do not stand alone. We are the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth and we need to support those countries which need us. Who came out for US after 9/11. NATO. Don't screw around with this. It's far too important and Trump is an idiot to think we would never need them. Korea and Russia are no longer light years away. They are sitting in our backyard in today's powerful war machines.
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Audrey's Opinion
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06/26/2017
We are living together one world. We must stand together with our NATO partners and protect our freedoms.
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06/27/2017
Yes! We must reaffirm our commitment to our allies- those few we have left at least that 45 hasn't totally alienated.
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Argument opposed

The U.S. should only honor its obligations to defend NATO allies under the treaty’s Article 5 if those members are meeting their defense spending commitment.

Jackson's Opinion
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06/26/2017
Not until everybody else starts paying their share
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MattWayne's Opinion
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06/27/2017
The US should renegotiate every commitment under the leadership of Trump's administration. After all the changes this administration are bringing about, I trust them more than any previous administration in my lifetime of 37 years. Americans first, MAGA!!!
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06/27/2017
It's one thing to have mutual defense agreements with allies. To do that does not require NATO membership. NATO requires funding and forces even in peacetime and was a defense against the USSR. It is completely unnecessary to be part of NATO. I don't suggest we turn our back on our allies. I do suggest we abandon the burden and expense of NATO.
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  • The house Passed June 27th, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 423 Yea / 4 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
    IntroducedJune 21st, 2017

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What is House Bill H. Res. 397?

This resolution would reaffirm the U.S. commitment to the collective defense of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies under Article 5 of the treaty. It also expresses strong support for the 2014 decision of alliance members to spend at least two percent of their national gross domestic product (GDP) on defense by 2024 and welcomes Montenegro as NATO’s 29th member. The resolution would also condemn threats to the sovereignty, territorial integrity, freedom and democracy of any NATO ally.

As a simple resolution, this legislation wouldn’t have the force of law or be considered by the Senate if passed by the House.

Impact

NATO allies, especially Montenegro; and the House.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 397

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

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In-Depth: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced this bill, which is cosponsored by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other bipartisan leaders in the House, in order to reaffirm America’s commitment to the collective defense of its NATO allies. One such cosponsor, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said:

“I want to thank Majority Leader McCarthy for working with me and a bipartisan group of Members to introduce a resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to Article 5’s collective defense provision of the North Atlantic Treaty.  Our alliance must leave no doubt about our readiness to come to one another’s common defense.  With Russia continuing its aggression in Eastern Europe and its cyberwar against the world’s democracies, NATO is as relevant as it ever was during the Cold War.  I hope the House will take a strong, bipartisan vote to pass this resolution soon.”

This legislation has the support of five bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including three Democrats and two Republicans.

 

Of Note: After being criticized for not forcefully asserting the U.S. commitment to NATO's Article 5, President Donald Trump said at a June 2017 press conference that "absolutely I would be committed to Article 5." Article 5 has only been invoked on one occasion, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army Europe / Public Domain)

Official Title

Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.

    We are of this world. We are not separate from it. WW 2 taught us that. That's why NATO exists. We do not stand alone. We are the wealthiest and most powerful nation on earth and we need to support those countries which need us. Who came out for US after 9/11. NATO. Don't screw around with this. It's far too important and Trump is an idiot to think we would never need them. Korea and Russia are no longer light years away. They are sitting in our backyard in today's powerful war machines.
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    Not until everybody else starts paying their share
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    We are living together one world. We must stand together with our NATO partners and protect our freedoms.
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    Yes! We must reaffirm our commitment to our allies- those few we have left at least that 45 hasn't totally alienated.
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    We need to stand with our allies. Trust among the NATO nations is critical. This alliance has worked well since WWII and needs to continue. To think in this age of international dependence we can stand alone is absurd!
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    The US should renegotiate every commitment under the leadership of Trump's administration. After all the changes this administration are bringing about, I trust them more than any previous administration in my lifetime of 37 years. Americans first, MAGA!!!
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    It's one thing to have mutual defense agreements with allies. To do that does not require NATO membership. NATO requires funding and forces even in peacetime and was a defense against the USSR. It is completely unnecessary to be part of NATO. I don't suggest we turn our back on our allies. I do suggest we abandon the burden and expense of NATO.
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    Unlike Trump's noncommittal position at first which is due to his ignorance of the subject matter, we need more than ever to affirm our support for Europe in the face of Russian aggression and hostility.
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    Common. Sense.
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    I agree with America's responsibility to support NATO. Vote yea!
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    Of course. With more issues that will take international cooperation, it is important to stand by our commitments to our allies.
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    We must support NATO and article 5
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    No matter how trump had painted it, NATO has been good for America, and the world. We must stay with it, and be better allies than we have been in the past 6 months.
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    We are not in this alone...Support NATO. Isolationism serves no one.
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    NATO members are long standing allies who have stood by us not only monetarily (though I was embrassed by this administration's focus on that aspect of this alliance) and by sending their sons & daughters to be along side us -- many losing their lives. You cannot and should never put a $ amount on the sacrifices of these members as well as our own young men and women. NATO should remain strong and we need to stand firmly with it.
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    Stand strong with the good of the world.
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    First require all Nations to pay their way, why do they not contribute their funding and expect to maintain membership!!!
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    Time to let NATO, UN to carry their own weight.
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    I've personally served alongside NATO troops while in the army. I've seen the good that's being done. Keep up the good fight. The UN, however, is a different story. Time to jump off that train wreck.
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    Let's please not piss off more allies or accept anything that hints of the fascist regime in the White House, unworthy of even being named by name. This is the time to dig deeply into your truth and do your job. Serve the constitution and the people.
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