NATO. Senate will vote to confirm Finland and Sweden’s membership in

WASHINGTON – The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution Wednesday Finland‘sand SwedenApplication to join NATO as the Western Military Alliance seeks to strengthen its resolve against the threat posed by Russia.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., said Tuesday evening that the chamber would vote on the proposal and a pair of GOP amendments Wednesday afternoon.

“Our NATO alliance is the foundation that has guaranteed democracy in the Western world since the end of World War II,” Schumer said on the Senate floor. “It further strengthens NATO and is needed especially in light of the recent Russian offensive.”

Finland and Sweden are seeking to join an alliance that would end their long-standing military neutrality Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,

Schumer said that when he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., met with the Finnish president and Swedish prime minister in May, they committed to reaffirming their membership in NATO before the Senate’s August recess.

The majority leader also said that he has invited the ambassadors of Finland and Sweden to watch the debate and vote from the chamber’s gallery.

One of the amendments expected to be voted on by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. says that the coalition’s agreement of collective defense does not affect the role of Congress in declaring war if a member is attacked. Second, Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, says that each NATO member should commit to the 2% target of GDP spending.

NATO formally invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance in late June, and all 30 NATO countries are considering their applications, which must be approved by each member. Turkey initially threatened to oppose his membership over his alleged support for the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, but has since raised objection,

At least two-thirds of the Senate must vote in favor of the motion for it to be ratified. Once that happens, the Biden administration will submit the documents to the coalition.

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