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83 U.S. Senators Vote to Give NATO Power to Drag United States Into War

The power to declare war is explicitly given to Congress in the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senators are the public servants in the federal government with the closest links to the American people they take an oath to represent.

Article I, Section 8, Clause 11 states Congress has the power to declare war.


The Congress shall have Power . . . ] To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; . . .


The Constitution grants Congress the sole power to declare war.

However, 83 U.S. Senators voted to allow NATO to decide when Americans will go to war.

“The Washington War Party just voted to allow NATO, not the representatives that we elect, to choose when Americans will have to die and fight in foreign conflicts,” Freedom Works, a grassroots advocacy group dedicated to freedom and small government, tweeted.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) proposed an amendment to the NDAA clarifying that Article 5 of the NATO treaty does not supersede the U.S. Constitution.

“Today I offered an amendment to the NDAA that would have clarified that Article 5 of the NATO treaty does not supersede the constitution,” Paul wrote Wednesday.

“It should have been an easy vote to affirm the Constitution, to vote against affirming the Constitution actually places doubt in the Constitution. But it was defeated 83-16,” he continued.

“The power to declare war is the most important power and the most important vote that any legislator will ever entertain. See how your senator voted,” Paul continued.

48 Democrats, 32 Republicans, and 3 Independents voted to give NATO the power to decide when Americans die in foreign conflicts.

16 Republicans know only Congress has the power to declare war.

govtrack wrote:

This was a vote to approve or reject amendment S.Amdt. 222 (Rand Paul) to S. 2226. The title of the amendment is S.Amdt. 222 (Paul) to S. 2226: To express the sense of Congress that Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty does not supersede the constitutional requirement that Congress declare war before the United States engages in war..

To make this easier, read the 16 Republicans who understand their constitutional duty, in regard to declaring war, and did NOT vote to give NATO this unlawful, non-existent authority.

  1. Tommy Tuberville – Alabama
  2. Marco Rubio – Florida
  3. Mike Braun – Indiana
  4. Roger Marshall – Kansas
  5. Rand Paul – Kentucky
  6. John Kennedy – Louisiana
  7. Josh Hawley – Missouri
  8. Eric Schmitt – Missouri
  9. Steve Daines – Montana
  10. J.D. Vance – Ohio
  11. James Lankford – Oklahoma
  12. Bill Hagerty – Tennessee
  13. Ted Cruz – Texas
  14. Mike Lee – Utah
  15. Ron Johnson – Wisconsin
  16. Cynthia Lummis – Wyoming

John Barrasso (R-WY) did not vote.

“The Senate just rejected Senator Paul’s proposal to clarify that Article 5 of the NATO treaty ‘does not supersede the constitutional requirement that Congress declare war.’ Treaties can’t declare war. Only Congress can do that. Inexcusable,” said Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).


The Washington Examiner reports:

Article 5 holds that an attack on any NATO member must be treated as an attack on the whole alliance, as part of the collective defense commitment.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced the measure as NATO membership for Ukraine is being discussed while the country is at war with nuclear-armed Russia.

The final vote was 83 to 16.

President Joe Biden has opposed admitting Ukraine to NATO while it is still at war with Russia to avoid being drawn into the conflict under Article 5, even as the United States and other Western allies fortify Ukrainian defenses against the Kremlin’s invasion.

The amendment needed 60 votes to pass. Instead, well over 60 senators voted against it.


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