Aides: Dems consider cutting IMF from Ukraine bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislative aides say Senate Democrats are considering cutting International Monetary Fund provisions from a bill providing aid to Ukraine and authorizing sweeping sanctions on Russia.

The move would be a significant retreat from Democrats. The Obama administration, too, has argued IMF reforms are critical to congressional legislation responding to Russia's annexation of Crimea. Aides say the change will be discussed by the entire Senate Democratic caucus Tuesday. They were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity.

The Senate advanced a bill Monday including language enhancing the lending capacity of the IMF in a commanding 78-17 procedural vote. But House Republicans remain opposed. Lawmakers on both sides are growing increasingly embarrassed by the lack of action by Congress more than two weeks since Russia's military incursion.

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