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

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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.