Bipartisan senators seek sanctions on Russian pipeline work

Bipartisan senators seek sanctions on Russian pipeline work
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Sens. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE (R-Texas) and Jeanne ShaheenCynthia (Jeanne) Jeanne ShaheenOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Senate defense bill would pull Turkey from F-35 partnership if it buys Russian missile system Trump, Europe increasingly at odds on Iran MORE (D-N.H.) introduced a bill Tuesday to impose sanctions on those involved with construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

If approved, the bill would place targeted sanctions against vessels that would be used to construct deep sea pipelines, including the one which would take natural gas to Germany.

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"Germany is a model ally and our transatlantic partnership is critical to furthering global security and prosperity," Shaheen said in a statement.

"Unfortunately, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin is dangling the prospect of cheap gas in front of some of our closest allies to monopolize the supply of energy in Europe and bring increased instability to the continent. This pipeline has the tremendous potential to compromise energy security throughout the continent for decades. The United States cannot stand idly by while the Kremlin builds this Trojan horse."

"Nord Stream 2 threatens Europe's energy security and America's national security," Cruz added. "The United States simply cannot allow Russia to dominate Europe's energy future."

The pipeline has drawn criticism from the U.S. and some European nations who fear it would give Russia leverage over Western Europe via its energy supply.

The Trump administration has been critical of the pipeline and the House passed a resolution urging its cancellation in November 2018.