U.S. House votes to bar Trump from exiting NATO

U.S. House votes to bar Trump from exiting NATO

The U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation aimed at preventing President Donald Trump from withdrawing from NATO.

The Democratic-led House approved the measure by a bipartisan 357-22 vote, with the only "no" votes coming from Republicans. It now goes to the Republican-majority Senate, where its future is unclear, although a similar measure has been introduced there.

The legislation that passed the House Tuesday reaffirms lawmakers’ support for NATO, and says no U.S. funds will be spent to withdraw the United States from it, Reuters reported.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jimmy Panetta with backing from House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel. At a press conference, the lawmakers praised the alliance for its role in ending the Cold War and in supporting U.S.-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan today.