Bipartisan House leaders unveil resolution endorsing NATO’s Article 5

Bipartisan House leaders unveil resolution endorsing NATO’s Article 5

Bipartisan House leaders have introduced a measure reaffirming the U.S. commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s mutual defense clause after President Trump declined to do so in a speech abroad last month. 

Top leaders, including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump MORE (R-Wis.), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), unveiled the resolution on Wednesday.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, are also co-sponsors.

Hoyer's office noted he had been working on the resolution since visiting Denmark, Belgium, Lithuania, and Estonia to reaffirm NATO commitments around the time of Trump's speech. He spearheaded the measure upon his return to Washington and collaborated with McCarthy and other top Republicans to garner bipartisan support.

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“Our alliance must leave no doubt about our readiness to come to one another’s common defense,” Hoyer said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

During a speech before NATO leaders in late May, Trump scolded U.S. allies for not spending enough on defense. 

Trump also declined to explicitly endorse NATO’s Article 5, which states that a threat to one member nation is a threat to all.

NATO allies found Trump’s omission particularly striking given that his speech was delivered at the dedication of a memorial dedicated to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. That has been the only time NATO invoked Article 5.

Vice President Pence and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley have since said that the U.S. still supports NATO’s Article 5.