Bipartisan Delaney Amendment on NATO Added to Defense Authorization Bill
WASHINGTON – On Wednesday evening, Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) successfully amended the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5515) to include a provision that reaffirms the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It applauds NATO’s continued efforts in combating terrorism and states NATO’s collective defense founding principle is a deterrent to external security threats. The bipartisan amendment passed by voice vote and was cosponsored by Rep. Ann Wagner (MO-2).
“As Congress debates defense policy, we must recognize that NATO is an essential part of our national security portfolio,” said Congressman Delaney. “Despite the rise of isolationist rhetoric in recent years, this bipartisan amendment removes any doubt as to where this Congress stands and where our country stands. It is essential that the United States maintains and supports the NATO Alliance and this amendment sends a clear message to our key partners that we remain committed to NATO.”
The amendment officially reaffirms our nation’s commitment to NATO as the foundation of transatlantic security and defense, highlighting NATO’s critical role in preserving peace and stability in the transatlantic region. It also credits NATO with enhancing national security and strengthening the United States’ ability to combat evolving security threats and encourages each NATO member country to meet or exceed the commitment to spend two percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense.