Democrats Block Ted Cruz From Punishing Russia With Sanctions In Senate

( After spending last week screeching that the filibuster is a “Jim Crow-era rule,” Senate Democrats made full use of the filibuster to block legislation that would have sanctioned Russia. And they did it on the very same day Senate Democrats raged over Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s refusal to kill the filibuster.

Senate Democrats blocked legislation introduced by Texas Senator Ted Cruz that would have sanctioned the companies involved with Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The filibuster rule required a 60-vote margin to end debate and move the bill to a final floor vote. But only five Democrats voted with Republicans to end debate. At the urging of President Biden, forty-four Democrats voted no.

Yeah, you read that right. Democrats used the evil, racist filibuster rule to protect Vladimir Putin and Russia at the urging of the President who just last Tuesday called those supporting the filibuster rule racists and traitors.

What a fascinating case study in how phony the Democrat Party is.

For four years these guys claimed that Donald Trump was in the pocket of Putin. And yet they blocked legislation that would have hurt Putin at the behest of their guy in the White House who didn’t want sanctions hurting his relationship with Putin.

For months these guys have claimed that the filibuster rule is anti-democratic and racist. And yet they have no problem with the filibuster rule if it gets them what their side wants.

It really is remarkable.

Throughout his presidency, Donald Trump fought to block the Nord Stream 2 pipeline arguing that it would make Western Europe too dependent on Russia’s energy supply thereby increasing Putin’s leverage over the west.

But last year, the Biden administration waived sanctions on Nord Stream 2, clearing the way for the pipeline to proceed.

Senator Cruz’s sanctions were an effort to stop Russia’s growing leverage over the West while also mitigating its threat to Ukraine.

The only Democrats who sided with the Republicans and against Putin were Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Mark Kelly of Arizona, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, and Raphael Warnock of Georgia.