Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming NATO headquarters after McCain

Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming NATO headquarters after McCain

Lawmakers in both chambers of Congress introduced a resolution Thursday to support the effort to name NATO’s new headquarters after Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainIs the Senate still the nation’s conscience? Armed Services chairman bought, dropped defense stock Trump attorney general pick a prolific donor to GOP candidates, groups: report MORE (R-Ariz.), who died late last month after a yearlong battle with brain cancer.

The resolution was led in the Senate by Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMeet Maduro, Venezuela's copycat dictator Politifact names conspiracies about Parkland students as 2018's 'lie of the year' Republicans skeptical of Trump’s plan to have military build the wall MORE (R-Fla.) and Ben CardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis CardinOvernight Defense: Senate moves toward vote on bill ending support for Saudi war | House GOP blocks Yemen war votes for rest of year | Trump throws uncertainty into Pentagon budget | Key Dem to leave transgender troop ban to courts George H.W. Bush remembered at Kennedy Center Honors Democratic senator: US must maintain strategic relationship with Saudis and hold them accountable MORE (D-Md.), and in the House by Reps. Jimmy PanettaJames Varni PanettaDemocrats with military background offer support for Pelosi Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Lawmakers introduce resolution to back naming NATO headquarters after McCain MORE (D-Calif.) and Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John GallagherDo you want to drain the swamp? Then start investing in Congress GOP lawmaker calls for committees to elect their own chairmen Overnight Defense: Details on defense spending bill | NATO chief dismisses talk of renaming HQ for McCain | North Korea warns US over cyber allegations MORE (R-Wis.).

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“John McCain dedicated his life to the defense of freedom,” Gallagher said in a statement. “I can think of no more appropriate tribute than naming the headquarters of the free world's foundational alliance in his memory.”

NATO confirmed to news outlets last week that it received a proposal to name its new headquarters after McCain, saying the idea would be “considered carefully.”

“He will be remembered both in Europe and North America for his courage and character and as a strong supporter of NATO,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said of McCain after his death.

NATO officially moved into the $1.45 billion building in Brussels in April. Naming the new building requires approval from all 29 member countries.

Three former secretary-generals backed the proposal to name it after McCain in a letter to Britain's Times newspaper last week.

McCain was a staunch defender of the transatlantic alliance, and the resolution introduced Thursday runs through several of his more recent passionate quotes on the alliance.

“The price our NATO allies paid in blood, fighting alongside us should never be diminished,” the resolution quotes McCain as saying in March 2017. “And we must never forget that America is safer and more secure because it has allies that are willing to step up and share the burden of collective security.”

The resolution says that each chamber “strongly supports” naming NATO’s headquarters after McCain.

It also “calls on all NATO members to support renaming NATO headquarters after Senator McCain, in recognition of his long and ironclad support for NATO.”

The resolution further urges President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE to support naming the building after McCain and asks him to “direct appropriate officials at the Department of State and the Department of Defense to advocate for their counterparts in NATO member states to support renaming NATO headquarters after Senator McCain.”

Trump and McCain had a famously bitter relationship. Trump has also had a rocky relationship with NATO, rattling allies with threats to withdraw from the alliance if they don’t increase their defense spending.

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