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A bipartisan group of senators met via Zoom on Monday to try to figure out a path forward on Russia sanctions legislation amid growing tensions with Moscow.
The call — which included Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezUS maintains pressure on Russia amid concerns of potential Ukraine invasion Dems block Cruz's Nord Stream 2 sanctions bill Overnight Defense & National Security — Differences remain between NATO, Russia MORE (D-N.J.) and ranking member Jim RischJames Elroy RischBiden huddles with group of senators on Ukraine-Russia tensions Republicans say Mayorkas failed to deliver report on evacuated Afghans Ukraine president, US lawmakers huddle amid tensions with Russia MORE (R-Idaho) — comes as fears are growing of a potential incursion into Ukraine by Russia, which has amassed troops along the countries' border.
Menendez, backed by 41 members of the Senate Democratic caucus and the Biden administration, introduced legislation earlier this month to impose sanctions on Russia if it invades Ukraine. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksSouthern California Democrats throw their weight behind Young Kim challenger Ex-special envoy: Biden's approach to Haiti a 'recipe for disaster' House passes bills to pressure China amid Olympic boycott MORE (D-N.Y.) introduced the legislation in the lower chamber last week.
Menendez has been in talks with Republicans to try to figure out a potential agreement that could get the 60 votes needed to ultimately break a filibuster and pass the Senate.
"We are working as we speak with various Republican colleagues who have their own ideas as to how to deter Putin. We are looking to amalgamate [those ideas] into the legislation that I sponsored," Menendez told MSNBC on Friday about the talks with Republicans.
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