Thomas Massie and 17 Other Republicans Voted Against Resolution to Support Finland and Sweden Joining NATO

The majority of lawmakers in the US are fully committed to the American empire, no matter the cost. 

Kentucky Congressman Thomas Massie is one of the sole exceptions who recognizes the very hard limits of maintaining the US’s imperial project. 

On July 18, 2022, Massie and 17 other Republicans voted against a resolution that manifested support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO.

The House passed the resolution on a 394-18 vote. Curiously, all of the opposition came from Republicans.

Two Democrats and 17 Republicans did not vote for this resolution. 

According to a report by The Hill, the following Republicans voted against this bill: 

Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Dan Bishop (N.C.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Ben Cline (Va.), Michael Cloud (Texas), Warren Davidson (Ohio), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Bob Good (Va.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Morgan Griffith (Va.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Tom McClintock (Calif.), Mary Miller (Ill.), Ralph Norman (S.C.), Matt Rosendale (Mont.), Chip Roy (Texas) and Jefferson Van Drew (N.J.).

The resolution expresses support for Finland and Sweden joining NATO. In May, both countries applied for NATO membership. This resolution calls on member states to formally support the two Nordic countries’ ascension into NATO.

On top of that, the resolution opposes any moves by the Russian Federation to counteract this latest tranche of NATO expansion. Plus, the resolution calls on NATO member nations to meet their 2% of gross domestic product (GDP) commitment. 

The recent drive to have Finland and Sweden join NATO came after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. 

On July 18, Thomas Massie went on Twitter to explain his vote. He tweeted “America can’t afford to subsidize socialist Europe’s defense, nor should we. Tonight, I voted against the House Resolution urging NATO’s expansion into Sweden and Finland.”

In the tweet, Massie posted a link to a Newsweek piece  from March that highlighted how only 8 of the 30 NATO member nations complied with the 2% of GDP defense spending requirement that the military alliance calls for. 

Massie has been the de facto opposition leader in the US House to increased escalation with Russia. Massie and his populist allies such as Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz have categorically opposed  increased sanctions against Russia and unrestrained amounts of military aid to Ukraine. 

While Massie and his America First allies are still in the minority on these votes, the Kentucky congressman is slowly leading a growing resistance to this misguided geopolitical project that advances no pressing national interest. For the sake of maintaining world peace, hopefully more representatives join Massie in stopping the funding for this proxy conflict.

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