3 senators missed the vote on Sweden and Finland joining NATO — but all were in favor, leaving Josh Hawley as a lone dissenter

Sens. John Cornyn, Jeff Merkley, and Patrick Leahy.

Sens. John Cornyn, Jeff Merkley, and Patrick Leahy missed vote on Sweden and Finland joining NATO.
All are supportive of the move and cited personal and health reasons for not being there. 
Only Sen. Josh Hawley voted “no,” while Sen. Rand Paul abstained, for a result of 95-1-1.

Three US senators were absent for Wednesday vote on Sweden and Finland joining NATO, which passed overwhelmingly with only one senator voting against it.

Republican Sen. Josh Hawley was the only no vote, compared to 95 in favor. Hawley was sharply criticized within the GOP for his stance.

The three absent votes were the Republican John Cornyn, and Democrats Jeff Merkley and Patrick Leahy, who cited personal reasons for not being there.

All three have previously said they support ratifying Sweden and Finland’s entry to the NATO alliance, which each individual member state must separately approve. 

Cornyn, a Republican, released a statement on Wednesday saying he was unable to cast a vote while isolating with COVID-19. Senators have to be physically present in the chamber to vote.

Cornyn said: “I applaud these countries for breaking with their long-standing neutrality in order to contribute to the collective security of Europe, and I back their accession unequivocally.”

Merkley, a Democrat, tweeted Wednesday that he was traveling to be with his dying mother in Oregon. 

—Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) August 2, 2022

In July, he tweeted approvingly about the progress of the resolution, saying: “I look forward to a stronger NATO with Sweden and Finland.”

Leahy, also a Democrat, has been recovering from hip surgery, and on July 29 released a statement saying that he had been discharged from a rehabilitation facility.

He said he would return to the Senate late this week for “key votes,” including …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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