Trump and Congress’s last-gasp push to stop a Russian pipeline

The Trump administration and Congress are racing to stop Russia from finishing the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline to Germany.

With bipartisan backing, Congress will pass expanded sanctions as part of its annual defense policy bill to prevent Russia from restarting the $11 billion pipeline.

The nearly completed pipeline faced a round of sanctions approved by Congress in last year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which has helped to halt construction for the past year. It is roughly 100 miles short of completion.

Construction on the underwater pipeline in the Baltic Sea is set to restart on
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