Hoeven Statement on Biden Administration Plan to Allow Completion of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after the Biden administration released a plan to allow the completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which will carry natural gas produced in Russia to the European market.

“The Biden administration continues to undermine North American energy production, including canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, all while cutting a deal to allow the Nord Stream 2’s completion, supporting Russian energy delivery to Europe. This approach not only hurts our country economically, it makes us, our allies and our partners in Europe less secure. By refusing to impose sanctions that were passed by Congress with bipartisan support, the Biden administration is allowing Europe to become even more subject to Russia’s influence and undercutting our nation’s efforts to counter Russian aggression, particularly its meddling and encroachment against Ukraine.” 

Hoeven has repeatedly pressed the administration to counter Russia’s influence over America’s allies in Europe. This includes urging President Biden, in recent letters led by Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), to follow U.S. law and impose congressionally-mandated sanctions on the company leading the Nord Stream 2 project. Hoeven also helped introduce legislation sponsored by Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) to reinstate and expand the sanctions being waived by the Biden administration on Russia and the entities involved in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline’s construction.