The measure pitted Ukraine’s president, who was pushing for the penalties, against the Biden administration, which successfully lobbied Democrats to oppose them.
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday rejected a bid to impose sanctions on a Russian natural-gas pipeline, as Democrats set themselves against a Republican-led measure endorsed by Ukrainian leaders but opposed by the Biden administration amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The final tally of 55 to 44 fell short of the 60 votes needed for passage, and came as the United States and its trans-Atlantic allies were pressing Russia’s president, Vladimir V. Putin, to abandon any further incursion into Ukraine and pull back his troops from its borders. The bill prompted dueling lobbying campaigns on Capitol Hill, where top Ukrainian officials leaned on senators to back it and Biden administration officials sought to kill it.
Efforts to impose sanctions on the Nord Stream 2, an undersea gas pipeline