Cornyn Supports NATO Membership for Finland and Sweden

In: All News   Posted 08/03/2022

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement indicating that he would have voted today to ratify North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership for Finland and Sweden:

“Sweden and Finland both have robust, well-resourced militaries, and adding them to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will nearly double the land border between Russia and NATO countries and help share the burden of NATO defense obligations, enabling the U.S. to focus our forces in Europe, in the Indo-Pacific, or wherever they are needed most,” said Sen. Cornyn. “I applaud these countries for breaking with their long-standing neutrality in order to contribute to the collective security of Europe, and I back their accession unequivocally.”

Earlier this summer, Sen. Cornyn traveled with a congressional delegation to meet with leaders of Sweden and Finland to discuss their accession to NATO. More information can be found here. Sen. Cornyn recently tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently quarantining and working remotely consistent with CDC guidelines. Senate rules do not allow remote or proxy voting.