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senate Bill S. 3436

Should the U.S. Sanction the Companies & Corporate Officers Involved With the Russia-to-Germany ‘Nord Stream 2’ Gas Pipeline?

Argument in favor

The Nord Stream 2 pipeline strengthens Russia’s control over Europe’s energy supply, undermines the security of America’s NATO allies, and makes Russian aggression in Ukraine more likely by reducing the amount of natural gas that has to pass through Ukrainian pipelines. Congress should re-impose the sanctions on the company and corporate officers behind Nord Stream 2 after the Biden administration waived them.

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01/13/2022
Let the sanctions begin. Russia is doing a False flag justification, which they will justify attacking Ukraine saying they are being attacked by Ukrainian? Putin going to attack, look at his history, he need a distraction from the turmoil at home. The only people he is fooling is the Russian people!
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Robert's Opinion
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01/13/2022
How ever why would our dear leader sanction the Russian pipe line when he shut down ours and gave them permission to complete theirs? Who’s pocket is our dear leader in? Russia? China? He is doing his best to turn us into a socialist nation with the support of the media.
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01/13/2022
Yes, but I have no confidence in the current Biden dictatorship!! /13/22
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Argument opposed

The Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline is already completed and is expected to become operational soon regardless of what the U.S. does in terms of sanctions. It isn’t worth reimposing sanctions the Biden administration waived because it could weaken U.S.-Germany relations. Furthermore, America’s European allies could theoretically shut down the pipeline in the future if needed to check Russia.

jimK's Opinion
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01/13/2022
Why now? I think these sanctions can be imposed should Russia indicate that they are definitely planning to invade the Ukraine. Imposing sanctions now, could likely force the issue and with nothing much else to loose, give Russia the excuse to begin military actions in the Ukraine. Assh@le Cruz knows this and like the rest of the Republican Cult is willing to do anything to put another intractable problem in Biden’s lap - all for political advantage. The Republican Cult is sacrificing the lives of their constituents by arguing against vaccine effectiveness and vaccine mandates, rigging the election processes with partisan operatives, threatening and intimidating election workers in areas less likely to support their cause and now, willing to sacrifice allied interests and allied lives due to a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. These fools do not care about the costs in human suffering, damage to alliances or really anything else besides securing unearned political power.
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01/13/2022
Updated: Why? Why are we punishing US companies for Russia’s wrongdoings???? Joan’s comments are a MUST read! 👏👏👏
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01/14/2022
I don’t trust anything that has Cruz’s face attached to it. Not even a role of toilet paper.
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What is Senate Bill S. 3436?

This bill — known as the Protecting Europe's Energy Security Implementation Act — would impose sanctions on corporate officers and entities involved with the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline from Russia-to-Germany via the Baltic Sea was completed recently and is expected to come online in the near future despite objections by NATO allies in Eastern Europe and Ukraine, where a substantial amount of Russian natural gas flows through pipelines en route to Central and Western Europe.

Impact

Companies and corporate officers involved with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline; and U.S. federal agencies.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 3436

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) offered a statement on his proposal to impose sanctions on the companies and corporate officers involved in the Russia-to-Germany Nord Stream 2 pipeline after the Biden administration removed those sanctions, which read in part:

“There is still time to stop Nord Stream 2 from coming online. The pipeline is completed but months away from certification and activation. If President Biden implemented the law and imposed mandated sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG — the company responsible for the planning, construction, and operation of the pipeline — it would send a signal that the U.S. is serious about preventing further progress on Nord Stream 2. It would especially underline that any entity participating in certifying the pipeline will face the full force of crippling American sanctions.”

The Biden administration waived sanctions on the company and its CEO after determining it would be “in the national interest” to do so and prevent a deterioration of U.S. relations with Germany. Additionally, they cited the fact that Nord Stream 2 was 95% complete when Biden took office, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that European allies could potentially cut off the flow of natural gas through the pipeline in the future to check Russia. The White House offered a statement of administration policy opposed to this bill, which explained in part:

"The Administration has been clear with our allies that Nord Stream 2 is a harmful Russian geopolitical project that is a bad deal for Ukraine and a bad deal for Europe. The Administration does not believe this bill is a genuine effort to counter Russian aggression or protect Ukraine. In fact, if passed, the legislation would only serve to undermine unity amongst our European allies at a crucial moment when we need to present a unified front in response to Russian threats against Ukraine. The Administration strongly believes any new sanctions authority should allow us to impose maximal costs on Russia if it further invades Ukraine, in a manner that would preserve Transatlantic unity, which this legislation does not do." 

Both the Obama and Trump administrations opposed the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and sought to block its completion. Congress has acted on several occasions on a bipartisan basis to impose sanctions on companies and corporate officers involved with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including through the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017 and the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act of 2019. Most recently, the House of Representatives approved Nord Stream 2 sanctions in the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2022, although that bill hasn’t become law.


Of Note: The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is an expansion of the existing Nord Stream pipeline, which is projected to more than double its annual capacity from 1.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to 3.9 trillion cubic feet. The pipeline brings natural gas from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany, where it can be routed through other pipelines that go to the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. 

Planning for Nord Stream 2 began as early as 2011 and an agreement to build it was reached in 2015, although there have been pauses during the process due to political opposition brought by the Obama and Trump administrations in concert with like-minded European nations.

Nord Stream 2 is seen as a geopolitical boon for Russia because it will increase its ability to send large volumes of natural gas to Western Europe, thereby increasing its sway with European Union nations by gaining leverage over their energy markets. It also reduces the importance of Ukraine and other Eastern European nations, including NATO members, to European energy markets and the competitiveness of liquefied natural gas exported from the U.S. to its European allies. Ukraine in particular would stand to lose royalties for Russian natural gas that flows through pipelines in Ukraine, and that change could reduce the risk of Russian aggression against Ukraine in the eyes of the Kremlin.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement explaining that the Biden administration believes “it is in the national interest” to waive sanctions on the company Nord Stream 2 AG, its CEO Matthias Warnig, and the company’s corporate officers. He also noted that the administration will impose sanctions on 13 vessels involved in the pipeline’s construction.

Nord Stream 2 AG is owned by Russian state energy company Gazprom, and Warnig is a former intelligence officer from communist East Germany who has reportedly known Putin for more than three decades.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Kremlin via Global Panorama on Flickr / Creative Commons)

AKA

Protecting Europe's Energy Security Implementation Act

Official Title

A bill to require the imposition of sanctions with respect to entities responsible for the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and their corporate officers and to apply congressional review under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act to the removal of sanctions relating to Nord Stream 2, and for other purposes.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate Rejected January 13th, 2022
    Roll Call Vote 55 Yea / 44 Nay
    IntroducedDecember 18th, 2021

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    Let the sanctions begin. Russia is doing a False flag justification, which they will justify attacking Ukraine saying they are being attacked by Ukrainian? Putin going to attack, look at his history, he need a distraction from the turmoil at home. The only people he is fooling is the Russian people!
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    Why now? I think these sanctions can be imposed should Russia indicate that they are definitely planning to invade the Ukraine. Imposing sanctions now, could likely force the issue and with nothing much else to loose, give Russia the excuse to begin military actions in the Ukraine. Assh@le Cruz knows this and like the rest of the Republican Cult is willing to do anything to put another intractable problem in Biden’s lap - all for political advantage. The Republican Cult is sacrificing the lives of their constituents by arguing against vaccine effectiveness and vaccine mandates, rigging the election processes with partisan operatives, threatening and intimidating election workers in areas less likely to support their cause and now, willing to sacrifice allied interests and allied lives due to a Russian invasion of the Ukraine. These fools do not care about the costs in human suffering, damage to alliances or really anything else besides securing unearned political power.
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    Sanctions should only be used if Russia invades Ukraine using the 175K troops that Russia has threatened to double currently massed on the border, and already exists in the current pipeline agreements so why is additional legislation needed? Sanctions should also be imposed in a way that affects the people making these decisions, and not consumers leaving them without. Business should be allowed to operate but target the oligarchs making these decisions by blocking conversion of roubles into dollars, or impounding funds, and released only if Russia withdraws. The existing agreement between Germany, Russia, US already specifies sanctions to limit Russian export capability if Russia attempts to use energy as a weapon or commit further aggressive acts against Ukraine. https://www.ft.com/content/b6ba9132-98f7-4aed-82b6-51d3ea3bd9f0 https://apnews.com/article/europe-business-government-and-politics-russia-germany-7f1847c9c511d7f6591f77f2f0320f35
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    Updated: Why? Why are we punishing US companies for Russia’s wrongdoings???? Joan’s comments are a MUST read! 👏👏👏
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    I don’t trust anything that has Cruz’s face attached to it. Not even a role of toilet paper.
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    Do not know enough about the reasons for Ted Cruz sponsoring this bill. What do the Repugnants get out of this? What do Cruz's donors get? How will this effect Germany & Europe? Will this punish executives and companies after the fact? No doubt I am missing important questions. But it seems like a patronage hit job. For now, I recommend a No Vote but am open to persuasion not demagoguery.
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    No, we don't want to punish our allies in Germany. I support sanctions against Russia for any and all action they take to encroach upon Ukraine, but not about this pipeline.
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    I don't trust this bill at all, nor the Senator that introduced it. I read some of the comments on the other side of the column and find many of them are stupid and reciting nothing but Faux Noise talking points. Talking about Biden shutting down another pipeline, socialism and the usual boogeyman arguments. The pipeline Biden shut down was the Keystone which brings highly corrosive tar sands oil to our refineries where they will be refined and sold on the open market which benefits the Canadian companies instead of us. And why would we antagonize Putin now when he is so close to the potential of invading Ukraine. What a perfect excuse to have him do it by passing this stupid bill right now. Something else to club Biden over the head with later on. This bill passed would only strain our relations with Germany. If this pipeline needs to be shutdown it can be by Germany itself when and if the time is right.
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    Wait….see if Russia makes definite effort to invade Ukraine.
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    Anything that comes out of Slime-ball Cruz is not worth the paper or ink he used. We are not going to reprimand our own companies for something some other country did. Here is a guy when his own state was in jeopardy of freezing to death went to Cancun with his family. He is a great example of Republican bullsh*t. So sad his constituents re-elected this looser lawyer.
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    I thought I remember hearing about this awhile back and that Germany wanted this pipeline… and, sanctions have been placed on 13 vessels that constructed pipeline. So where is Cruz coming from…couldn’t be a proposed oil/gas deal wanted by a Texas crony? Just a guess…
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    How ever why would our dear leader sanction the Russian pipe line when he shut down ours and gave them permission to complete theirs? Who’s pocket is our dear leader in? Russia? China? He is doing his best to turn us into a socialist nation with the support of the media.
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    Cruz wants to “poke the bear” and put one more political mine in the GOP minefield for Biden to dance around. The existing agreement between the US and our allies addresses sanctions. Cruz needs to sit down and shut the hell up and look for a lawyer to defend him for his sedition charges that are coming for his signing the amicus brief brought by the Texas GOP to overturn the 2020 election. By the 14th Amendment, section 3, his ass should not even be in Congress.
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    Any intentional harm brought against the Ukrainian country should be dealt with strong and severe consequences.
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    Nothing new here. Insurrectionist ted just working for his fossil fuel buddies here in Texas. Oh and probably trying to pretend he has some ‘international’ chops for that presidential resume (😆😆🙃🤣) instead of just that old gray stuff😗👎.
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    Yes, but I have no confidence in the current Biden dictatorship!! /13/22
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    Why are we getting involved in this when one of our allies (Germany) wants the pipeline? What am I missing?
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    Not our (USA) concern Teddy and probably not anything the Germans ( allies Teddy ) are interested in. The Russian President doesn’t seem to like having reduced access to banking and monetary flow, try that Teddy, something that really affects Putin and his minions.
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    What jimK said…..
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    It might be a good idea to hold this as a back-up plan rather than implementing these sanctions at this time. Doing it now could encourage Russia to invade the Ukraine. However it looks like Russia may invade the Ukraine anyhow, so who knows. I'm just glad I don't have to make this decision.
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