Senate Approves Sweden and Finland NATO Membership

The measure had broad bipartisan support. 

The Senate voted to ratify requests from Finland and Sweden to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in an effort to combat Russian aggression following the invasion of Ukraine. The proposal had the backing of both party leaders and wide bipartisan support. 

“Our NATO alliance is the bedrock that has guaranteed democracy in the Western world since the end of World War II,” Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “This strengthens NATO even further and is particularly needed in light of recent Russian aggression.” 

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said admitting Finland and Sweden would be a “slam dunk for national security that deserves unanimous bipartisan support,” and wished any senators looking for a “defensible” excuse to vote against the bill “good luck.” 

Membership in NATO requires the unanimous approval of all 30 member states. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the Senate as they continue to debate and vote on legislation.
  • For wisdom for leaders of the member nations of NATO as they consider the applications of Sweden and Finland to the organization.

Sources: New York Times, CNN, Washington Examiner


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