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Senate rejects measure to limit NATO’s war-making power.

The ‍Senate Rejects​ Amendment⁢ to⁤ National⁤ Defense Authorization ‌Act

The ⁤Senate ‌on ‍Wednesday ⁤made a significant decision‌ regarding ‌the National ⁣Defense Authorization ⁤Act.⁢ An amendment⁢ that⁢ aimed to clarify ​the role ⁤of ⁤Article⁢ 5 in⁤ the ⁢NATO treaty was⁢ rejected. ‍This amendment would ‌have⁢ emphasized that‌ Congress ⁣still ⁣holds‌ the power to⁢ declare war, despite the provisions of Article 5.

Article 5 ​of⁤ the ‌NATO⁣ treaty​ states ⁤that⁣ an ​attack‌ on ‌any ​member ‌of⁣ the alliance ​is‍ considered an attack on‌ the‍ entire‍ alliance.⁣ It is a crucial⁤ part​ of⁤ the collective defense commitment.

Sen. Rand⁢ Paul Introduces ‍the​ Measure

Sen. Rand Paul‌ (R-KY)‌ introduced ‍this measure at⁢ a critical ‍time​ when discussions ⁣about‌ NATO membership ‌for ⁣Ukraine ​are taking place. ⁤Ukraine ⁣is‌ currently engaged ⁤in ⁣a war ‍with ⁤nuclear-armed ⁤Russia.

The⁢ final ⁤vote on⁤ this‌ amendment‌ resulted in 83⁣ senators ⁤voting against it, ⁣while​ only ​16 voted ‌in ‌favor.

President⁤ Biden’s Stance ⁤on ‍Ukraine’s ​NATO⁤ Membership

President‍ Joe ​Biden ‌has ‍expressed‍ his ​opposition​ to Ukraine’s​ admission ⁢to​ NATO while the⁤ country‌ is​ still ​at​ war ⁤with‌ Russia. His concern ⁤is to ⁤avoid being⁢ drawn into the⁤ conflict‌ under Article ‌5. ‌However, the United⁢ States⁣ and ​other⁢ Western ‍allies ⁢are ‌actively⁤ strengthening ⁢Ukrainian⁢ defenses against the Russian⁤ invasion.

The amendment ⁤required​ a minimum‌ of ⁣60 ⁤votes ​to pass, but ⁣it ⁤received‌ well​ over⁤ 60 votes against ⁢it.

Expanding NATO to Include⁣ Ukraine

Supporters ‌of ⁢expanding NATO ‌to ⁢include Ukraine believe ‍that it ​would ⁢have‌ deterred ⁣Russia ⁢from‌ invading in‍ the first place. On ‌the ⁢other hand, opponents ⁢fear that ⁣Ukrainian NATO membership ‌could escalate ⁣tensions​ and ‌potentially‍ lead⁤ to⁤ a⁤ “World War​ III,” ⁣as described‌ by President⁢ Biden. They argue that ⁣enlarging ​the⁣ alliance ‍near⁣ Russia’s‍ borders ⁣may‍ have been​ a⁢ motivating​ factor‌ for the ​invasion.

Sen.‍ Rand Paul’s​ amendment aimed to ensure that any war ​triggered⁤ by ​Article 5‍ would ‍require ⁤congressional authorization.

A‌ bipartisan ⁤group⁤ of ⁣senators rejected this ⁤proposal⁤ as⁤ they‍ work ⁤towards‌ reaching an ⁤agreement on⁢ the ⁤crucial NDAA ‌legislation.

For ⁢more ‌information, ⁤click ⁣here⁣ to ⁢read more ​in⁤ The Washington Examiner.

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