Biden waiving Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions puts US at 'competitive disadvantage': GOP leader McCarthy

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., ripped President Biden’s decision to waive sanctions on the Russia-backed Nord Stream 2 pipeline, arguing the move would hurt the U.S. economy and geopolitical interests.

In a letter to Biden dated Monday, McCarthy and other GOP House members expressed “strong objections” to his administration’s decision to lift sanctions on the Germany-to-Russia pipeline. The lawmakers said the pipeline’s completion would be a “gift” to Russian President Vladimir Putin following what they described as a “cyber terrorist attack” that crippled Colonial Pipeline, a key U.S. fuel supplier.

“This action, which will send more Russian natural gas to Europe, also puts U.S. resources at a distinct competitive disadvantage, costing American jobs and reducing America’s geopolitical influence,” the lawmakers said.

Biden lifted sanctions on Nord Stream AG and its top executive, a longtime Putin associate, in a move that critics said would fast-track the pipeline for completion. Republican lawmakers have accused Biden of hypocrisy, given his decision by executive order to halt construction of the U.S.-based Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns.

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