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Sens. Shaheen and Tillis discuss the latest news out of Ukraine and NATO’s renewed significance

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) & Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) join Washington Post Live on Wednesday, June 22. (Video: The Washington Post)

In the premiere interview of Washington Post Live’s “Across the Aisle,” Sens. Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Tillis (R-N.C.) talk with The Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell about working together as co-chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, their upcoming bipartisan congressional delegation to the NATO summit in Madrid and the latest news out of Ukraine.

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Highlights

“I would say that mental health is the foundation of this bill, it’s nearly a fourth of the plain text that we put down. School safety, avoiding what we saw in Uvalde happening again through hardening schools and better training and better operating procedures for law enforcement. I think dealing with gun trafficking is something that’s very important and we do that with the straw purchase provision and then trying to make sure that moving forward, if the states move towards crisis intervention orders or red-flag laws that they do it with full compliance of the constitution… I think that it’s balanced and it was the result of good faith negotiations.” – Sen. Thom Tillis (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I think it’s really important because it’s going to save lives… This is a bill that doesn’t just cap out of pocket costs but addresses the underlying price of insulin… I believe we can get it across the finish line.” – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Putin is constantly testing. We’ve had reports from Sweden about air incursions, he’s trying to flex his muscles but he tried to do that on February the 24th thinking that he was going to be having accomplished a mission within two weeks, he failed. He thought that NATO would not have a unified response after he invaded Ukraine, he failed… He needs to understand this alliance is strong… He made a gross miscalculation, he’s going to continue to push the limits.” – Sen. Thom Tillis (Video: Washington Post Live)
“Whether this is done at the Madrid Summit or whether continuing negotiations have to happen in order to get it done, it’s gonna get done I believe because Finland and Sweden bring significant help to NATO.” – Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We have Pacific Rim countries coming because there’s an increasing acknowledgment to NATO that China is a threat. And to have them at the summit is historic.” – Sen. Thom Tillis (Video: Washington Post Live)

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)


Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.)


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