Let's get real here. Thanks to NATO, our sphere of influence is formidable contributing to our country's health, wealth and democratic wellbeing, as well as that of its members - all without those members who are behind on their 2% of GNP. Should we encourage them to pay up? Of course. And there are more productive ways of doing so than this ridiculous piece of legislation. To paraphrase Ticktock: Take a look at the US! The home of the brave? Land of the free? Europe is closer to all the military threats that we supposedly prepare to meet. We have the Atlantic on the East Coast and the Pacific on the West Coast. We have Mexico and South America to the south, people who we would do well to make friends with and Canada to the north who we should try to emulate. President Trump snubs Chancellor Merkel who knows more about the effects of living in the shadow of the Soviet Union and later Russia. She knows first hand the danger Russia presents and leads one of the most successful countries both socially and economically in Europe. To sit across a vast ocean and criticize the balance Germany has developed is foolish. They have taken in immigrants fleeing wars over the last several years and are in the process of incorporating them into their society, may be we should gift them with the Statue of Liberty. We should take note of their struggle and get our collective stuck up nose out of the air as though we are far more superior and take them as an example. They are by far more of what we should be, but instead it seems as though President Trump is an agent of the Russian Government. President Trump has done more damage than the Russians have been able to do to NATO since it's inception. Keep sitting on the sidelines Republican Congress you'll be part of the Duma yet.