Senate Democrats BLOCK Ted Cruz’s bill to impose sanctions on Russia for the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as talks with Moscow over Ukraine disintegrate

Senate Democrats defeated a bill Thursday sponsored by Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz that would sanction businesses associated with Nord Stream 2.

The vote on Cruz’s measure sanctioning operators of the pipeline was 55-44, short of the 60 it needed to pass.

Democrats denounced the bill as a GOP political gesture that would have harmed relations with European allies.