Majority Leader in the Senate Charles schumerChuck Schumer Build Better Is it bad for states that Dole is in Capitol State Rotunda Biden highlights drug prices on Senate vote on social spending MORE (DN.Y.) seeks a way to avoid a disorderly public division between President BidenJoe BidenMan Sentenced to Nearly Four Years for Carrying Out Trump Scam, Biden PACs Dole in Last Column: “Too Many of Us Have Sacrificed Too Much” Meadows Says Trump’s Blood Oxygen Level Was Perilously Low when he had COVID-19 PLUS and Senate Democrats on Russia and China policy in seeking a way to neutralize tough amendments on these two hot topics.

Pressure builds on Congress to act as Biden must hold video call with Russian President Vladimir PoutineVladimir Vladimirovich Putin The memo: Biden, bruised by Afghanistan, faces critical test in Ukraine Biden holds appeal with European leaders to discuss Russia’s defense and national security overnight – Preparing for the ‘Biden-Poutine PLUS call to warn of a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Senate Democratic Whip Dick durbinDick DurbinSchumer Puts Gas To Advance Biden Agenda Demand Justice Launches Ad Campaign Supporting Biden Candidate That Drew GOP Rejection The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Uber – Omicron Tests Vaccines; Bob Dole dies at 98 ADDITIONAL (D-Ill.) Admitted on Monday that US-Russian policy had taken on new significance amid reports that Russia had 70,000 troops in Ukraine and planned to muster 175,000 troops along its border with Ukraine in preparation for an invasion early next year.

Durbin said there was more pressure on lawmakers to pass some sort of new Russia sanctions legislation.

“I am very concerned about Putin. We know it’s not just his provocation and disruption. He took Crimea and still occupies it. It threatens the Baltic States and it must be taken very seriously, ”he said.

Minority Leader in the Senate Mitch mcconnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDole in last column: “Too many of us have sacrificed too much” Schumer is stepping up to move Biden Hoyer’s agenda says Dec. 15 is the deadline to raise the cap. debt PLUS (R-Ky.) Monday called on Biden to take a tougher stance with Putin on his appeal.

“President Biden has the opportunity to set the tone when he meets with Putin tomorrow,” McConnell told the Senate. “The stakes of the president’s appeal with Putin could not be clearer. We know what happens when the United States fails to engage with Russia from a position of strength. We know what weakness and surrender give us.

Republicans are associating their campaign to pressure Biden with pushing for a vote on tougher sanctions legislation in Congress.

Republicans are calling for a vote on an amendment sponsored by Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman James Risch (R-Idaho) and the Senator. Ted cruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz GOP Senators Introduce Bill Targeting Palestinian “Martyrs Payments” Bob Dole: Heroic, Thorny, Effective Democrats See Christmas Target Slipping MORE (R-Texas) to sanction the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a top priority for Putin that would jeopardize Ukraine’s national security.

But Biden’s Secretary of State Antoine BlinkenAntony BlinkenBiden Hosts Appeal with EU Leaders to Talk About Russia Five Things to Know About Russian Troop Buildup Near Ukraine Malala Yousafzai Urges US to Take Action for Afghan Women and Girls MORE lobbied against the effort and the chairman of the Senate Armed Forces Committee Jack reedJack ReedOvernight Defense & National Security – Quick vote on defense bill blocked again Rubio blocks quick votes on defense bill deadlocked. Overnight Defense & National Security – US, Iran return to negotiating table MORE (DR.I.) blocked a vote on tougher sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline ahead of Thanksgiving.

The amendment looked like it had a chance of getting a vote last week, but that effort collapsed after Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on a set of amendments.

Democrats found political coverage on the issue of Nord Steam 2 when the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob menendezRobert (Bob) Menendez Five Ways Senate Could Change Biden’s Spending Plan Spending Bill Faces Senate Rush Republicans Worried About Biden’s Candidate For Ambassador To Germany MORE (DN.J.) crafted an amendment on alternative sanctions that Democrats say will be more acceptable to the Biden administration.

But Republicans say the Menendez Amendment is a bad alternative because they argue it hasn’t been fully vetted.

They still insist on a ground confrontation on Nord Stream 2 to eliminate the differences between the two proposals. They also hope to drive a wedge between Democrats and the Biden administration over the proposal.

Schumer hinted on Monday that he could avoid a messy ground fight altogether by presenting a finalized defense bill later in the week after negotiations with the House and avoiding voting on any amendments at all.

He told his colleagues that leaders “anticipate that we will be able to come to a final conference agreement on the NDAA,” or the National Defense Authorization Act, even though the Senate has not been able to. pass his own version of the bill due to last week’s fight for amendments.

While the final version of the bill, which was crafted by Democratic members of the Senate and House Armed Services committees, will be subject to amendments as far as debate is concerned – because technically it s’ it is a bill passed by the House and not a real conference. report – Republicans don’t expect votes.

“I know there is interest on both sides of the aisle on both topics,” said the Republican Senate whip. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneThe Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Congress Avoids Shutdown Senate Dodges Initial December Crisis with Last Minute Deal Congress Avoids Shutdown After Vaccine Mandate Fight MORE (SD), who said he did not expect Schumer to allow votes on the Russia and China-related amendments despite bipartisan support for a stricter political stance on both Russia and China.

Schumer raised procedural issues in the House when he initially blocked consideration of the Risch-Cruz amendment on the Nord Stream 2 and Sen sanctions. Marco rubioSenators Marco Antonio RubioGOP Introduce House Bill Targeting Palestinian “Martyrs Payments” To Vote On Uyghur Bill Amid Beijing Olympics Diplomatic Boycott This Week: Congress Prepares To Pass Hours additional December PLUS(R-Fla.) Amendment to ban the import of manufactured goods from China’s Xinjiang region.

Republicans, however, said Schumer and Reed’s arguments that the Risch-Cruz and Rubio amendments would be the subject of a procedural objection by the House Ways and Means Committee was a smokescreen. policy to avoid difficult votes.

The Biden administration has also raised concerns about the Rubio Amendment, Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law, as it could interfere with the administration’s strategic plan to negotiate with China.

Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin reported last week that Assistant Secretary of State Wendy Sherman had urged Democratic co-sponsor of Rubio’s forced labor bill, the Senator. Jeff merkleyJeff Merkley Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Lawmakers call on Olympic committee to pressure China over human rights violations Senate Democrats call on Biden to push for patent exemptions on the COVID-19 vaccine at the WTO PLUS (D-Ore.) To slow down the push of the proposal.

Sherman informed Merkley that the administration wanted a more focused and deliberative approach to deciding which products are labeled as products of forced labor, according to Rogin.

The Uyghur law on the prevention of forced labor was passed by the Senate in July by unanimous consent, so it would not be politically feasible to oppose it to a Democratic side-by-side amendment on Chinese products that might be easier to accept. for administration.

Democratic and Republican Senate advisers said Schumer and McConnell are now considering adding a proposal to increase the debt limit to the defense bill, although precise details of how this would be done are being kept. secrets.

Some Republican advisers predict that adding debt limit language to the bill, and making it even more important to pass, will allow Schumer to argue that the defense bill should not be further amended in a way that would require it to be returned to the House and possibly make it more difficult to vote in the Lower House.

This scenario would make it even more unlikely that Democrats would be forced to vote on tougher sanctions against Russia or China at a time when the Biden administration is pushing for more flexibility in its relationship with these two governments.

“I think they are under a lot of pressure from American companies, I think there are elements in this administration who fear to destabilize relations with China, that it would be an irritant, that it would harm them. ability to make a China deal with China, ”Rubio said of the administration’s reasons for opposing the forced labor provision.

Rubio noted that the President Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDole in last column: “Too many of us have sacrificed too much” Dole lying in the state capitol Rotunda House to vote on the Uyghur bill amid the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics MORE (D-Calif.) Says she will vote on separate House legislation complementary to the Uyghur law on the prevention of forced labor, but that he will reserve judgment until he considers the details.