In-Depth: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) introduced this bill, which is cosponsored by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other bipartisan leaders in the House, in order to reaffirm America’s commitment to the collective defense of its NATO allies. One such cosponsor, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), said:
“I want to thank Majority Leader McCarthy for working with me and a bipartisan group of Members to introduce a resolution reaffirming America’s commitment to Article 5’s collective defense provision of the North Atlantic Treaty. Our alliance must leave no doubt about our readiness to come to one another’s common defense. 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.”
This legislation has the support of five bipartisan cosponsors in the House, including three Democrats and two Republicans.
Of Note: After being criticized for not forcefully asserting the U.S. commitment to NATO's Article 5, President Donald Trump said at a June 2017 press conference that "absolutely I would be committed to Article 5." Article 5 has only been invoked on one occasion, after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Sgt. 1st Class Crista Mary Mack, U.S. Army Europe / Public Domain)