Congress is expected to complete a Ukraine aid and Russia sanctions bill on Thursday after three weeks of squabbling between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidHopes rise for law to expand access to experimental drugs If Gorsuch pick leads to 'crisis,' Dems should look in mirror first Senate confirms Mulvaney to be Trump’s budget chief MORE’s (D-Nev.) agreement to strip International Monetary Fund reforms from the bill has paved the way for a final vote, but both sides were wrapping up details on the legislation Wednesday night.
The House on Thursday will vote on a competing Russia sanctions bill that passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The House, at that point, could simply pass the new Senate version of the bill, but aides said some minor changes would lead to the bill ping-ponging between the chambers.
The House bill has broadcasting funding and language admonishing the State Department over Iran-related sanctions not in the Senate bill, for example.
Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday praised Senate Democrats for dropping the IMF demands.
“Now, I hope we’ll be able to get our friends in Ukraine the aid they need without much delay,” BoehnerJohn BoehnerFormer House leader Bob Michel, a person and politician for the ages Former House GOP leader Bob Michel dies at 93 Keystone pipeline builder signs lobbyist MORE said Wednesday. “This is what’s possible when Senate Democrats focus on finding common ground.
“But let’s be clear, this is only a small breakthrough, and we need to build on it,” he added.