Ted Cruz’s Nord Stream 2 Sanctions Bill Fails in US Senate

Senator Robert Menendez won the support of many of his fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden, for an alternative bill to impose sanctions on Russia that he introduced on Jan. 12.

Timothy Gardner and Richard Cowan, Reuters

The U.S. Senate on Jan. 13 failed to pass a bill to slap sanctions on Russia's Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline sponsored by Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a day after Democrats unveiled their own legislation.

The tally was 55 in favor and 44 against the bill that needed 60 votes to pass, a major hurdle in the 50-50 Senate. The vote spanned nearly seven hours as Majority Leader Chuck Schumer considered options on voting rights legislation.

Senator Robert Menendez won the support of many of his fellow Democrats, including President Joe Biden, for an alternative bill he introduced on Jan. 12. His legislation would impose sweeping sanctions on top Russian government and military officials and banking institutions if Moscow engages in hostilities against Ukraine.

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