The relevant bill has been submitted to the Senate for consideration.
Fifteen senators from both the Democratic and Republican parties introduced a bill in the upper house of Congress on Thursday that would prohibit any US president from withdrawing from the NATO military alliance without the approval of the Senate.
The text of the bill, which was available to Reuters, is a new version of a similar document approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in December 2019 but never submitted to the full Senate for consideration.
If the president tries to withdraw the United States from NATO without the approval of the Senate, the bill provides for a ban on funding such actions and also authorizes the congressional legal counsel to challenge the administration’s actions in court.
“This bill expresses Congress’ clear support for NATO and ensures that no president acting alone can break the alliance’s bonds, ” Senator Tim Kaine, one of the bill’s initiators, said in a statement.
The bill was sponsored by four Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio, nine Democrats, and independent Senator Angus King, supporting Democrats.