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Congressman Panetta Statement on House Passage of the NATO Support Act

January 22, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, Congressman Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) released the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed his bipartisan legislation, H.R. 676, the NATO Support Act:

"The United States must continue to support and defend our allies around the globe. Today, the House reaffirmed its strong commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance and our responsibility to invest in this pillar of international peace, stability, and security," said Congressman Panetta.  "I urge my colleagues in the Senate to support this bill."

The NATO Support Act rejects any efforts by the President to withdraw from the alliance and prohibits the use of funds to take any such action.  Moreover, the measure supports NATO member efforts to spend at least two percent of their gross domestic product on defense and promotes robust funding for the European Deterrence Initiative to counter Russian aggression.

Original cosponsors of the legislation include Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY), Representatives Tom Malinowski (D-NJ), Don Bacon (R-NE), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Will Hurd (R-TX), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), Fred Upton (R-MI), Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Mike Gallagher (R-WI).

Congressman Panetta is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, and served in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.  During his tour of duty, he worked with partner nations, and developed a deep understanding of the multilateral importance of partnering with NATO allies combatting hostilities overseas.