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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.

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Senate panel approves Ukraine bill with sanctions, IMF reforms

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Senate panel approved legislation on Wednesday 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 in favor of the measure, with several committee Republicans joining the Democratic majority in favor. The bill next goes to the full Senate for a vote. If it passes there, it would have to be approved in the House of Representatives to become law.

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. Senate Ukraine bill would impose sanctions on Russia

WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) – U.S. lawmakers will
consider legislation on Wednesday that would impose strict
sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Ukraine, implement
reforms of the International Monetary Fund and provide aid to
the new government in Kiev.

The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on the
bill later on Wednesday. Committee members said they thought it
would be passed by the panel, then sent on to the full Senate
for a vote.

Mar 11, 2014

CIA accused of spying on U.S. Senate intelligence committee

By Patricia Zengerle, Doina Chiacu and Mark Hosenball

(Reuters) – A bitter dispute between the CIA and the U.S. Senate committee that oversees it burst into the open on Tuesday when the committee chairwoman accused the agency of spying on Congress and possibly breaking the law.

Veteran Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said the CIA had searched computers used by committee staffers examining CIA documents when researching the agency’s counter-terrorism operations and its use of harsh interrogation methods such as simulated drowning or “waterboarding.”

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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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