On Thursday, Senate Democrats blocked a bill supported by Texas Republicans Ted Cruz that would have levied sanctions on companies participating in a Russian natural gas pipeline to Germany, calling it a GOP political ploy that would have hurt relations with European partners.Cruz’s measure accrediting Nord Stream 2 pipeline operators was defeated by a vote of 55-44, falling short of the 60 required to pass.
Before the vote, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., warned Putin “can smell the vulnerability.” “Putting a stop to this pipeline should be a bipartisan issue.””This law isn’t going to assist Ukraine,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “It’s meant to hurt,” Biden says.Republicans and a few Democrats voted in favor of the bill. Before it can be placed into operation, it must get final clearance from German and European officials.
If Russia invades, Democrats have presented legislation to target Putin, his senior civilian and military leaders, and Russian financial organizations. Despite Germany’s new government’s public assurances, Secretary of State Antony Blinken warns that if Russia moves soldiers into eastern Ukraine, Germany will almost certainly halt the pipeline’s functioning.