Press Release ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
April 3, 2019
Contact Info: 
Annaliese Davis 202-225-4131
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg's address before a joint meeting of Congress:  

“Today, Congress heard from Secretary General Stoltenberg about the challenges NATO member states face and how critical it is that we continue to face them together.  For seventy years, the NATO alliance has been a cornerstone of American security and global stability.  We prevailed in the Cold War because of the indivisibility of the NATO alliance; we rallied the world in the wake of the September 11th attacks with NATO’s mechanism of collective defense; and we stand firmly against Russian aggression today with the resolve of an alliance both mature yet nimble in meeting new threats. 
 
“The Trump Administration’s disparaging of NATO is dangerous for America and for our leadership in the world.  The North Atlantic Treaty, contrary to this President’s misunderstanding, is not a business contract; rather, it is a compact among democracies to stand together against our common challenges.  Our alliance is about more than strategic interests or collective defense.  It is about common values and a shared belief, enshrined in the Treaty, that the alliance’s members together uphold ‘democracy, individual liberty, and rule of law’ and ensure ‘the preservation of peace and security.’ 
 
“As we join together to celebrate the first seventy years of NATO and reflect on how successful the alliance has been, let us look boldly forward to the future and embrace the undeniable benefits of the alliance and what it can bring to the twenty-first century.  I am proud that the House passed a resolution last month reaffirming our NATO commitment and our determination to remain a leader within the alliance. Together – and only together – can the world’s democracies prevail against the serious and growing threats of illiberalism, autocracy, and an erosion of democratic norms.  Only standing together, reaffirming Article Five’s promise of collective defense, can we meet the global security challenges of our age and ensure that future generations can live in freedom and peace.”