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Amash Backs House Resolution Affirming NATO Article 5

Although much of the attention regarding Rep. Justin Amash’s recent votes has been directed at his opposition to Kate’s Law and defunding sanctuary cities, on Wednesday, the Congressman voted in favor of resolution H. Res 397, “Solemnly reaffirming the commitment of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organizations principle of collective defense as enumerated in Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty”. The resolution ultimately passed 423-4, with the support of all Democrats present, and all but four conservative Republicans – libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), the Freedom Caucus’ Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and two paleoconservatives, Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) and Rep. Jimmy Duncan (R-TN). Although Amash often posts explanations for his votes on social media, he has yet to do so regarding H. Res 397. However, he has emerged as a Russia critic as of late, backing Democrat calls for an independent commission to investigate the administration’s supposed connections to the Russian government, perhaps providing the reasoning for his vote. Massie, who is typically closely aligned… Keep Reading

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