Democratic US Senators from Colorado Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper voted this week against sanctions on Russia intended to dissuade Vladimir Putin from marching 100,000 troops amassed on the Ukraine border into the Baltic state.
The move would have imposed sanctions on companies linked to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline and give Congress the power to override any effort by President Biden to waive sanctions, as he did last year to greenlight the pipeline project that allows to Russia to move and sell. gasoline to Germany.
The bill needed 60 votes to pass, but only six Democrats voted for the sanctions, while Republican Senator Rand Paul voted against the bill and the measure failed by 55-44 votes.
—Kristi Burton Brown (@ColoradoKbb) January 14, 2022
GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown noted bipartisan support for the sanctions and criticized Bennett and Hickenlooper for siding with Russia.
“It is a shame that Senator Bennett and Senator Hickenlooper chose to support Vladimir Putin and Russia’s economic interests over our own national security and economic future. While the Democrats are destroying our energy industry at home, they seem all too willing to support our opponents’ energy industries,” Brown said.
— Colorado Republican Party (@cologop) January 14, 2022
PeakNation™ wants to remember our report from last month on Bennet’s connections to Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.
A major Democratic lobbying firm representing a half-dozen companies with financial stakes in the project contributes to Bennet’s campaign.
McLarty Inbound, the foreign lobbying arm of Mack McLarty’s consultancy, represents five companies with financial interests in the Nord Stream project.
McLarty, President Clinton’s former chief of staff, has donated this year to Schumer and Democratic Sens. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Michael Bennet of Colorado, Pat Leahy of Vermont and Chris Coons of Delaware.
Democrats, including Bennett and Hick, are trying to insulate themselves from criticism by signing a Democratic bill that would only apply sanctions to Russia for invading Ukraine. after the invasion.
So you can see how that’s not a huge deterrent. absolutely
ThPutin’s brazen attempt to undermine Ukraine’s democracy and sovereignty is unacceptable.@SenatorHick & I joined @SenatorMenendez and several colleagues to introduce legislation outlining the consequences of any further aggression, including severe penalties.https://t.co/ABzJeUQAqH
—Michael Bennet (@SenatorBennett) January 13, 2022
The Ukrainian government supported the bill that Bennett and Hickenlooper voted against.
Furthermore, the bill now supported by Bennett and Hick does not contain the clause that prohibits the president from violating sanctions in any way, as he did to support the Russian pipeline.
Bennett just reported that he raised $2 million in three months for his re-election bid this year. The media might want to take a look at those donors.