Dems may drop IMF from Ukraine bill
© Getty Images

Senate Democrats are considering abandoning their attempt to include controversial International Monetary Fund reforms in a Ukraine aid and Russia sanctions bill.

House Republicans have put up firm resistance to approving the 2010 IMF reform, which may prove successful in getting the language dropped.

ADVERTISEMENT
"It is being discussed," a senior Democratic aide said.

The Senate advanced the Ukraine bill on a 78 to 17 vote on Monday, setting up a final passage vote as early as Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday approved in a bipartisan voice vote legislation that does not contain the IMF language that the White House is pushing for. That bill could see a floor vote in the House later this week.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThough flawed, complex Medicaid block grants have fighting chance Sanders: 'If you don't have the guts to face your constituents,' you shouldn't be in Congress McConnell: Trump's speech should be 'tweet free' MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday urged Senate Democrats to abandon the IMF provisions, noting the opposition in the House.

"[T]his bill cannot pass the House or become law in its current form — it must be amended," McConnell said.

Republicans have signaled in the past they could be open to trading the IMF reforms for a one-year delay in Internal Revenue Service regulations on tax-exempt political groups.

The proposed trade prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidSanders and Schumer are right: Ellison for DNC chair The Hill's 12:30 Report Hopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs MORE (D-Nev.) on Monday to accuse Republicans of holding up the Ukraine bill to help the wealthy Koch brothers use their money to sway elections.

— This story was updated at 1:53 p.m.