U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement after the Senate voted to approve Sweden and Finland’s entrance into NATO.

“NATO is the greatest strategic alliance in world history and today it’s getting stronger. America built NATO because it’s good for Americans and that’s still true. Bringing Sweden and Finland into the family is good for Americans, good for Europe, good for freedom, and bad for autocrats.
“The free world needs American leadership, and I am surprised by the short-sightedness of colleagues who rejected that today. Retreating from our alliances would embolden the Chinese Communist Party in Asia, and it wouldn’t make our allies spend more on their defense budgets either. Strengthening NATO makes Putin weaker, Chairman Xi more afraid, and most importantly America more secure. Strong alliances are the best deterrences to Putin and Xi.”