Democrats and Cruz ready to face the Russian pipeline

Democrats are heading for a showdown with Sen. Ted cruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz Democrats and Cruz Prepare for Confrontation over Russian Overnight Health Care Pipeline – Featured by AstraZeneca and Friends of Cancer Research – Former Advisors Urge Biden to Revise Strategy Cruz: “Mistake” to Call 6 January a “terrorist attack” MORE (R-Texas) for his attempt to force the Biden administration’s hand on a Russian gas pipeline.

Within the framework of an agreement concluded by Cruz and the leader of the majority in the Senate Charles schumerChuck SchumerBiden praises Reid as a fighter “for the America we all love” at a memorial service Like it or not, all the ways Democrats go goes through Joe Manchin Pelosi: it was “inexplicable” why it took so long for the National Guard to be activated on January 6 MORE (DN.Y.), the Senate will vote next week on Tory Burnout legislation to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will transport gas from Moscow to Germany.

Cruz needs the help of 10 Democrats to pass the bill through the Senate and has said he thinks his chances of reaching that threshold are “good”. But Democrats are raising red flags on the bill, even though they have already backed similar sanctions.

“I have spoken to a number of my colleagues, and they have raised serious questions about the Cruz Amendment. … It’s a bit much, ”said the senator. Dick durbinDick Durbin Democrats, Cruz brace for showdown on Russian pipeline Democrats skeptical of McConnell’s offer to talk about election law Democratic agenda stuck in limbo MORE (Ill.), Senate Democrat No.2, asked if 10 Democrats would support the bill.

Cruz’s legislation requires the administration to impose penalties related to the pipeline within 15 days of the bill coming into force. But a big sticking point for Democrats, raised by Senators who spoke to The Hill, are the restrictions on President BidenJoe Biden Are we investing trillions in what matters? Biden praises Reid as a fighter “for the America we all love” at Fox News memorial service tops ratings for coverage of the events of January 6 MOREthe ability to waive sanctions, including the ability for Congress to vote to reinstate sanctions if they are lifted.

“I have been opposed to Nord Stream 2. I am still opposed to Nord Stream 2. However, there are some things in the Cruz Amendment that are unprecedented. It gives me a break, ”the senator said. Ben cardinBenjamin (Ben) Louis Cardin Democrats, Cruz set to take on Russian pipeline Lawmakers discuss changes to counting law after January 6 US lawmakers assess new COVID-19 stimulus funding for businesses MORE (Md.), A senior Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee.

Senator Tim kaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine Democrats, Cruz set to take on Russian pipeline Democrats in Virginia brace for rare confirmation fight against Wheeler Meteorologist claims transportation officials ignored forecasts, leading to disaster in the I-95 (D-Va.) Noted that the foreign relations committee, on which he sits with Cruz, had been “fairly uniformly against Nord Stream 2” and in favor of sanctions, but “the question is, what are the conditions, l executive get the chance to lift the sanctions? “

The vote could be politically awkward for Democrats, forcing them to choose between supporting a president they align with politically or cracking down on a pipeline they oppose even if they don’t agree with Cruz’s tactics. Cruz also opened the door to lifting part of his blockade on Biden’s candidates if his bill goes through the Senate.

The Biden administration previously lifted sanctions against the pipeline company Nord Stream 2 AG, a subsidiary of Russian company Gazprom. Voting for Cruz’s amendment would effectively support the decision to reject Biden.

Democrats have come under pressure from the Biden administration and its European allies to reject the imposition of financial sanctions on the pipeline.

Secretary of State Antoine BlinkenAntony BlinkenSunday shows preview: Congress marks January 6 anniversary; US, Russia to hold talks amid mounting tensions US-Russia tensions rise over military involvement in Kazakhstan Democrats and Cruz prepare for standoff on Russian pipeline MORE Last year, he pressured Democrats to overturn Cruz’s proposal when he proposed it as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, a government bill. large-scale defense policy.

Blinken, in a speech this week, argued that the pipeline could be used as a brake on Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, where Moscow has amassed troops along the border.

“This pipeline is currently not crossed by gas and if Russia renews its aggression against Ukraine, it would certainly be difficult to see gas cross it in the future,” Blinken said.

Germany is unlikely to certify the pipeline for operation in the first half of the year, according to the head of the federal gas and infrastructure authority, Reuters reported, citing regulatory requirements not yet met. .

State Department spokesman Ned Price added that the administration is working with members of Congress and European allies “on a package of sanctions … which maximizes the potential costs to Russia if Moscow continues its aggression against it. ‘Ukraine’.

Highlighting the complicated diplomatic dance undertaken by the White House, the vote will coincide with diplomatic summits next week with Russia and other partners to address and ease tension on the Ukrainian border. Russia has amassed nearly 100,000 troops on the Ukrainian border, raising fears of an invasion.

Kaine, who said he is still reviewing Cruz’s legislation, acknowledged that the Biden administration was concerned about transatlantic tensions at a precarious time, but noted that a new German government and increased Russian aggression could “change. a little dynamic “.

“I want to know what the administration position is, but president obamaBarack Hussein Obama Biden praises Reid as fighter “for the America we all love” at memorial service Watch Live: Funeral for Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrats , Cruz prepares to face the Russian pipeline MORE was a friend and I voted for things he didn’t like. We do our job, and then the chair does his job. … If he really doesn’t like what we’re doing, he can veto it, ”he said.

Nord Stream 2 pipeline sparked broad bipartisan backlash on Capitol Hill over fears it might strengthen Russian president Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Poutin Kazakhstan, rich in resources, invites Putin to keep his henhouse. Former Kazakhstan intelligence chief arrested on suspicion of treason amid Democratic unrest, Cruz prepares for confrontation on Russian pipeline MOREhand over Europe.

Senator Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne Shaheen Democrats, Cruz set to face Russian pipeline Ukrainian President, US lawmakers unite amid tensions with Russia Angelina Jolie returns to Congress to advocate for domestic violence law for women MORE (DN.H.), for example, recently co-wrote an op-ed with Sen. Rob portmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanSenate Minority Whip Thune, McConnell’s close ally, to run for reelection Democrats, Cruz to face Russian pipeline McCaul tests positive for COVID-19 in latest congressional breakthrough MORE (R-Ohio) urging the Biden administration to “seriously reconsider the imposition of [Nord Stream 2] punishments.”

The House also previously voted to approve the Nord Stream 2 sanctions as part of its defense policy bill. But the provisions were removed from the final agreement between the House and the Senate.

If the Democrats block his bill, Cruz is already signaling that he will arm a “no” vote because the Democrats are lenient with Russia.

“Virtually all Democrats have voted several times for sanctions on Nord Stream 2. If it was a substantive vote, it would be unanimous or almost unanimous. There are several Democrats who have told me that they are going to vote for this, or that they are strongly considering voting for it, ”said Cruz.

Cruz added that supporting his bill “should be an easy vote,” before offering a likely glimpse of how he will characterize a defeat of the legislation.

“Every Democrat is going to have to make a choice,” he said, “if his partisan loyalty to the White House is greater than his willingness to stand up to Russia and stop Putin’s aggression.

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