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House and Senate to clash this week on Ukraine and jobless pay measures

The House and Senate this week are set to clash on legislation to extend federal jobless benefits as well as a measure to provide a loan package to troubled Ukraine.

The Senate on Monday is poised to move forward on a bill that would supply Ukraine with $1 billion in loan guarantees aimed at reducing its dependency on Russia, which has invaded and seized Crimea. Enough Republicans agree with the measure to help the Democratically-led Senate come up with the 60 votes needed to begin debate and eventually pass the measure.

But the House, led by Republicans, is likely to balk at a provision in the Senate bill that would reform the International Monetary Fund so that economically advancing nations, including Russia, are granted a larger IMF voting share.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., told the Washington Examiner he wants the Senate to instead vote on the House version of the bill, which includes the $1 billion loan package but excludes the IMF provision.


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