Congressman Panetta Introduces No NATO Withdrawal Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) introduced the No NATO Withdrawal Act, H.R. 6530, to reassert Congressional support for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the longest-standing and most successful military alliance in the world. The bill is cosponsored by Republican co-lead, Congressman Steve Knight (R-CA).
This bipartisan bill would prohibit funds from being used to withdraw the United States from NATO. Additionally, it states that it is the policy of the United States to remain a member in good standing of NATO, to reject any efforts to withdraw from the alliance, and to continue to work with member nations to ensure each country spends at least 2 percent of its GDP on defense spending, in accordance with the 2014 NATO Wales Summit agreement.
“The NATO alliance is a pillar of international peace, stability, and security, and serves as a deterrent against aggression and destabilization,” said Congressman Panetta. “In the face of Russia’s threats and attacks on American and allied interests, Congress must take a stand and solidify our commitment to our allies. We must promote our shared values of freedom, equality, and empowerment by continuing to invest in the institutions, programs, and people that enhance our national security. I thank my Republican and Democratic colleagues for joining me in advancing this important legislation.”
"NATO is absolutely crucial to our national security," said Congressman Knight. "With the welcome recent addition of Montenegro, NATO now stands 29 nations strong in steadfast defense of democracy, human dignity, and a global order that has not seen a world war since its inception. America and our NATO partners share common economic and security interests, and it must remain a strong asset in opposition to Russia. Under Vladimir Putin's regime, Russia has repeatedly shown disregard for the territorial and political sovereignty of other nations. The occupation of Crimea and interference in America's election are an affront to the lessons of history. I'm proud to introduce this bill today with Congressman Panetta to stand with our allies and oppose Putin's Russia."
Congressman Panetta is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and currently sits on the House Armed Services Committee. He is also a co-founder of the Democratic National Security Task Force, which advances smart, strategic, and strong national security policies focused on protecting the United States, the American people, and our interests abroad.