Sens. Lee, Sessions Call For Higher Defense Spending By NATO Members [UPH Wire]

*FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

*Sens. Lee, Sessions Call For Higher Defense Spending By NATO Members*

WASHINGTON – Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), members of the
Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday
stating that the viability of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
is contingent upon a more equitable distribution of the collective defense
burden, and requesting that this be a top priority of the administration at
next month’s NATO Summit in Warsaw

According to NATO’s own figures, the United States’ defense spending
accounts for 73% of defense spending in the alliance as a whole despite the
fact that the combined GDP of all other allies is higher than that of the
United States.

Nearly half of the alliance members have failed to meet long-standing goals
for defense spending as a proportion of GDP despite the pleas of both
Democratic and Republican presidential administrations. Lately, the United
States has been forced to spend emergency funds to enhance European
defenses in the face of new Russian aggression even though the combined
economies of European nations are vastly larger and more stable than that
of Russia. The letter states:

“In lieu of giving our highly capable European allies a crutch of defense
aid for years to come, we must begin making this aid contingent upon real
investment from their governments starting with adjustments to their
national budgets now.”

NATO stands to play a beneficial role for the United States and Europe as
it did in the 20th Century, but important reforms and budgetary policies
must be enacted by our allies to keep up with the geo-political and
economic changes since the end of the Cold War.

You can read a PDF version of the full letter here

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*Communications Director*
Conn Carroll
Conn_Carroll@lee.senate.gov
202-224-5444

*Press Secretary*
Emily Long
Emily_Long@lee.senate.gov
202-224-3904

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