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Says Two Members Will Make NATO a More Formidable Force against Threats to U.S., Allies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today voted in favor of admitting Finland and Sweden as members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to ratify the Protocols to the North Atlantic Treaty of 1949 (Treaty Doc. 117-3) to welcome Finland and Sweden as the newest NATO members.  The vote was 95-1.

“The immediate and long-term interests of the American people are best served by a unified and strong NATO.  Admitting Finland and Sweden, both of which already have a record of participating with NATO, will make the alliance a more formidable force against the aggression and ambitions of Russia, China, and any other adversary,” Hyde-Smith said.

“The Senate declarations accompanying this protocol affirm that U.S. national security comes first, while acknowledging the contributions that Finland, Sweden, and other member nations must bring to the table,” she added.

The declarations, among other things, reaffirm that U.S. membership in NATO is a vital national security interest, and that enlarging NATO is strategic given continuing threats to the United States and NATO allies.  They also confirm the willingness of Finland and Sweden to meet NATO membership requirements, including spending a minimum of 2 percent of their GDP on defense, with 20 percent of their defense budget going toward major equipment, including research and development.

Finland and Sweden, previously neutral nations, applied for NATO membership following Vladimir Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine in February.  Admission to the historic defensive alliance requires unanimous ratification from all 30 current members of NATO. is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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