Brown, Portman Help Spearhead Bipartisan Provision Affirming U.S. Commitment to NATO

Provision Passed the Senate as Part of Iran and Russian Sanctions Deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) today led passage of a bipartisan provision that reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), particularly NATO’s Article 5 which outlines the obligation of collective defense.

“Ohio’s Ukrainian community knows the importance of having a strong relationship with our allies,” said Brown. “We must join our NATO partners and be firm in our shared commitment to defending each other, as we have for decades. There must be no doubt about America’s commitment to NATO.” 

“For decades, NATO has been fundamental to America’s national security,” said Portman.  “From preserving peace and stability and deterring Russian aggression in Europe to fighting alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan, NATO remains highly relevant and critical to addressing some of our most pressing national security challenges. A strong NATO means a stronger America, and this important measure sends a message to friend and foe alike about the depth of America’s commitment to our NATO allies.”      

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined Brown and Portman in offering the amendment. The provision was attached to legislation that cleared the Senate this morning to strengthen U.S. sanctions on Iran.

Brown also led efforts to attach a strong package of Russian sanctions to the deal. Brown is the ranking member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, which oversees financial sanctions on other countries. He helped broker a deal with Republicans and Democrats that will strengthen and expand U.S. sanctions on Russia. The measure passed in the Senate today.

Portman helped secure passage of key priorities to improve U.S. efforts to counter Russian propaganda and disinformation. The measure, included as part of the policy portion of the bipartisan sanctions bill, originally passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on May 25 by a vote of 18-3.