Democrats and Republicans applaud Biden’s Russia sanctions
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including politicians who are often fierce critics, are applauding President Joe Biden for imposing economic sanctions on Russia, in a rare show of bipartisan support for the commander-in-chief.
The support comes after two consecutive days in which President Biden signed into law a series of economic sanctions in an effort to prevent Russian President Vladimir Putin from taking military action against Ukraine. The United States was joined by a number of allies, including the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, which also imposed sanctions.
The sanctions were designed to have a direct impact on Russia’s economy, with the president warning Wednesday that he “will not hesitate to take further action if Russia continues to escalate.” The most notable sanction was against the company that built Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which could have a direct effect on Russia’s oil industry while blocking owners of the estimated $15 billion pipeline. .
Following Biden’s announcements, many politicians in Washington, DC, took to social media to express their approval of the president’s decision, in one of the biggest shows of bipartisan support since he took office.
Many Democrats reiterated their position that they want the United States to continue to provide support for Ukraine.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took to Twitter to call Putin’s actions toward Ukraine “an attack on democracy.”
“I applaud @POTUS for their strong leadership in imposing the first tranche of swift and severe sanctions to counter Russian aggression,” Pelosi said. tweeted. “The United States and our allies stand together in their unwavering support for the people of Ukraine.”
That sentiment was echoed by Rev. Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.).
“Russia’s recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk and the decision to send Russian military to Ukraine is a flagrant violation of Ukrainian sovereignty,” Warnock said. tweeted. “I strongly support recent US sanctions against Russia and hope other nations will continue to join us in holding Russia accountable.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) applauded the president’s decision during an interview Wednesday on AC360, saying he saw no point in waiting to impose more sanctions on Russia. Schiff went on to say that the United States should implement the toughest sanctions possible.
In addition, Jennifer Rubin, journalist for the Washington Post, Noted that: “Reaction to the sanctions has been overwhelmingly positive in foreign policy circles, even among fervent Russian hawks.”
Most surprising was the reaction from the GOP side of the aisle, including responses from many Republicans who have long been considered staunch opponents of Biden.
That includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The conservative senator, who often criticizes President Biden for his policies, tweeted a rare show of support on Wednesday after the president sanctioned the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.
“President Biden made the right decision today,” Cruz said. “Allowing Putin’s Nord Stream 2 to go live would have created multiple, cascading, and acute security crises for the United States and our European allies for generations to come.
“President Biden has now taken positive steps in both areas, but much more needs to be done to deter and counter the threat that Putin poses to our allies in Ukraine and across Europe,” he said. added.
Even though the majority of support is bipartisan, some Republicans have expressed sentiment that the Biden administration’s sanctions came too late.
“It is clear that Russia intends to destroy Ukrainian democracy. There should be an aggressive response to the recent cyber attacks against the Ukrainian government,” he added. noted Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.). “Initial responses from the Biden administration and our Western allies have been inadequate. All the while, Russia is moving forward. Let’s up our game quickly.”
However, perhaps the most prominent display of unity among politicians was a letter of 43 members of Congress from both parties who implored President Biden to receive congressional approval before involving the US military in the conflict.
“We strongly urge your administration to respect the separation of powers, American law, and the constitutional authority of the war powers of Congress,” the letter wrote. “If your administration seeks to bring U.S. armed forces into hostilities…Congress stands ready to deliberate on the potentially monumental implications of such scenarios.”
The letter was signed by a number of Democratic and progressive stalwarts. That includes high-profile politicians such as Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).
The letter was also signed by a number of Republicans often at odds with the president, such as Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) and Paul Gosar (R-Arizona).
Newsweek contacted the White House for comment.
Update (2/23/2022, 11:00 PM ET): This story has been updated with additional information.