A resolution showing the United State’s support for Sweden and Finland to join NATO passed the House.
Ultimately the vote was 394-18, with only Republicans being no votes.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was founded in 1949 and is an agreement between the United States and Europe’s militaries.
According to NATO’s website, “NATO membership is open to any other European state in a position to further the principles of this Treaty and to contribute to the security of the North Atlantic area.”
As the Russia-Ukraine war continues, the two countries are attempting to gain greater support.
Democrat House Majority leader, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), declared his support for the two Nordic countries to join the treaty. While on the House floor, he said NATO will welcome “two extraordinary new members.”
“Together, Finland and Sweden will add substantial capabilities to NATO’s collective defense and make the Baltic region much more secure against Russian aggression,” Hoyer said. “But much more than that, they will add value because of their values to our alliance.”
Democrats have been focused on discussing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s corruption, but fail to mention the sketchy coup that put Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky into power. Zelensky also has stated that one of his main political inspirations is the far-left Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“Vladimir Putin must not win this war,” Hoyer continued. “Not only for the sake of the Ukrainians and their extraordinary bravery, and the bravery and leadership of Mr. Zelenskyy, their president, but because the free world needs to send a very strong and clear and unmistakable message that tyranny will not prevail.”
“We must send a message to dictators around the world that this action is unacceptable and will be opposed to victory by the free world. We must defend the hard-won principle in international laws and norms that a nation cannot simply invade and seek to conquer territory from a neighbor by force.”
The Republican ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee sided with the Democrat majority to sponsor the resolution to allow Finland and Sweden into NATO. Rep. Michael Turner (R-OH) said that the two countries would be “significant security providers for NATO.”
As tension boil over between the United States and Russia, Europe’s role in what is to come will set the tone for the foreign relation disaster that is unfolding.