Under the agreement, Cruz’s bill, which would impose measures on the pipeline under previous mandates, will need 60 votes to pass.
US Republican Senator Ted Cruz will get a vote in January on his bill to impose sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In a deal struck with Democrats he agreed to lift holds on dozens of President Joe Biden’s nominees for ambassador posts. It was reported by Reuters.
In the agreement reached between Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, and Cruz, the Senate will vote before January 14 on Cruz’s bill to place sanctions on the Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline.
The deal cleared the way for the Senate’s approval of roughly three dozen ambassadors, including former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as ambassador to Japan.
Under the agreement, Cruz’s bill, which would impose measures on the pipeline under previous mandates, will need 60 votes to pass. That is a hurdle in the 50-50 Senate, where bipartisanship is scarce.
In May, the Biden administration placed sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG, the company that controls the pipeline. But it immediately waived the sanctions, saying the project was already mostly built and as the administration sought to repair ties with ally Germany.
On December 7 it was reported that the United States presented a draft defense budget of the country, which does not contain the previously proposed amendments on the sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
As it was reported earlier, the construction of the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline was completely finished as of the morning of September 10. Work on laying the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began in 2018. Its length is 1,230 km. The pipeline is expected to supply 55 billion cubic meters of gas annually from Russia via the Baltic Sea to Germany.
On November 16, it became known that Germany has suspended Nord Stream 2 certification. The report states that in order to renew the certification, the Nord Stream 2 operator must have an organizational form in accordance with the laws of Germany.