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Mar 27, 2014

U.S. Senate, House pass bills for Ukraine aid, sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives easily passed bills on Thursday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians over Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The Senate passed its legislation by voice vote and the House voted for its legislation by 399-19, two days after Senate Democrats agreed to remove from the legislation reforms to the International Monetary Fund opposed by many Republicans.

Mar 26, 2014

Lawmakers bash Obama administration’s ‘delusional’ Syria policy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers lashed out at the Obama administration’s handling of Syria’s civil war on Wednesday, demanding a stronger American response to the conflict and better communication from the White House about its plans.

Senator Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed deep frustration after Anne Patterson, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, declined to answer a question about strategy in a public setting.

Mar 25, 2014

U.S. lawmakers drop IMF reforms from Ukraine aid bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Democrats agreed on Tuesday to drop language outlining reforms of the International Monetary Fund from a Ukraine aid bill to increase the odds it will get through Congress, said Majority Leader Harry Reid, after weeks of partisan bickering that had delayed the package.

Reid cited stiff opposition to the IMF reform provisions in the Republican-led House of Representatives.

Mar 24, 2014

Ukraine aid bill moves ahead in U.S. Senate, still faces hurdles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bill providing economic assistance to Ukraine and imposing sanctions over Russia’s seizure of Crimea cleared a procedural hurdle in the U.S. Senate on Monday, as backers attempted to win passage of the legislation later this week.

By a vote of 78-17, the Senate laid the groundwork for debating a bill that would back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the government in Kiev, provide $150 million in aid for Ukraine and neighboring countries and require sanctions on Russians and Ukrainians responsible for corruption, human rights abuses or undermining stability in Ukraine.

Mar 21, 2014

U.S. House will consider Ukraine bill without IMF reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee introduced a bill on Friday that provides aid to Ukraine, but does not include reforms to the International Monetary Fund requested by the Obama administration.

The bill’s introduction in the Republican-led House could mean a showdown with the Democratic-led Senate, which is considering Ukraine legislation including the IMF measures.

Mar 21, 2014

U.S House plans Ukraine bill without IMF reforms -congressional sources

WASHINGTON, March 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. House of
Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee will introduce a bill
on Friday that provides aid to Ukraine but will not include
reforms of the International Monetary Fund requested by the
Obama administration and contained in the Senate version,
congressional aides said on Thursday.

The bill includes many of the provisions included in a bill
passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but has key
differences including the absence of the IMF reforms, a
congressional aide told Reuters. He requested anonymity because
he was not authorized to discuss the pending legislation
publicly.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Senate leader orders probe of alleged CIA computer hacking

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leader of the U.S. Senate on Thursday ordered an investigation into what he called an “indefensible” breach of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers by the CIA.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said accusations that the Central Intelligence Agency spied on the panel’s computers as it investigated the use of harsh interrogation techniques raised concerns about possible violations of the Constitution.

Mar 20, 2014

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Reid backs Feinstein over CIA

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a strong defense on Thursday of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, in a dispute in which the committee and the CIA each allege they were spied upon by the other.

Reid, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, called the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of the Senate panel’s computer network a “serious breach” and “indefensible.”

Mar 13, 2014

U.S. bill on Ukraine delayed as Congress debates IMF, campaign finance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate is unlikely to vote until later this month at the earliest on a bill providing aid to Ukraine, congressional aides said on Thursday, as lawmakers debated whether International Monetary Fund reforms should be included in the package.

Legislation including the IMF reforms, loan guarantees for Ukraine, sanctions against Russians and Ukrainians and economic aid for the new Kiev government was passed by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday.

Mar 12, 2014

Ukraine bill with sanctions, IMF reforms clears hurdle in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would impose strict sanctions on Russians involved in Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine, provide aid to the new government in Kiev, and implement reforms of the International Monetary Fund.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 14-3 for the measure, with several committee Republicans joining the Democratic majority in favour. The bill next goes to the full Senate for a vote. If it passes there, it would have to win approval in the House of Representatives to become law.

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      "Patricia Zengerle covers foreign policy and national security on Capitol Hill for Reuters. She recently covered the 2012 campaign and the White House and had been an editor in Washington, D.C., an editor in London, and a correspondent in Miami, Pittsburgh and New York. You can follow her on Twitter @ReutersZengerle"
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