Democrats slammed for blocking Russia sanctions bill using filibuster they’ve decried as racist

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Senate Democrats were criticized Thursday for abusing the filibuster rule, which prominent members of their party have recently labeled racist, to block a bill from Republican Senator Ted Cruz to implement sanctions against Russia.

The Senate voted 55-44 to pass Cruz’s sanctions against Russia for its Nord Stream 2 pipeline with Germany, but failed due to a bipartisan agreement to subject it to a 60-vote threshold.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the hall to address Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medalists.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – SEPTEMBER 13: Russian President Vladimir Putin enters the hall to address Tokyo 2020 Paralympic medalists.
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A handful of Democrats joined Republicans in voting for the measure.

The new natural gas pipeline, which awaits final approval from German and European officials before it goes live, has received particular attention as the US and its European allies try to build a package of deterrents strong enough to prevent Putin invades. Ukraine.

The move was immediately criticized by conservatives on social media, who pointed out that Democrats have tried to abolish and suspend the filibuster, with some Twitter users pointing out that President Biden was just days earlier. tried to claim that anyone who opposes the removal of the filibuster is related to George Wallace and Jefferson Davis.

President Biden speaks after leaving a meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington, Thursday, January 13, 2022.

President Biden speaks after leaving a meeting with the Senate Democratic Caucus in Washington, Thursday, January 13, 2022.
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“Seriously, you can’t make this up,” the North Carolina GOP tweeted. “The same week that Biden launches a factual, angry, dishonest diatribe in Georgia to announce his flip-flop over the filibuster, Democrats effectively filibusted sanctions on Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline.”

“After all their talk of abolishing the filibuster/60 vote requirement, the Dems were perfectly happy to use that same 60 vote requirement to block sanctions on Russia last night. The bill got 55 votes, but Dems are blocking it anyway. isn’t it ironic?” Republican Senator Chuck Grassley tweeted.

LIBERAL’S BLAST SEN. KYRSTEN SINEMA AS RACIST, ‘BIGOT’ FOR OPPOSITION OF FILIBUSTER REMOVAL

“Democrats yesterday: People who support the filibuster are racist,” tweeted RNC chair Ronna McDaniel. “Democrats Today: Let’s Filibust Sanctions Against Russia.”

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Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea will be stored on December 4, 2020 on the site of the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany.

Pipes for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea will be stored on December 4, 2020 on the site of the port of Mukran near Sassnitz, Germany.
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“To fully understand the hypocrisy and idiocy of the current Democratic party, remember that in the same week they tried to eliminate the filibuster dems, the filibuster used the filibuster to soften against Russia and allow them a pipeline and $$$,” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted.

President Biden, who called the filibuster a “Jim Crow relic,” accused supporters of the filibuster on Tuesday of siding with Democratic segregationists such as Bull Connor and George Wallace.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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