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 ReidSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Staff shakeup begins at Dem campaign committee The Hill's 12:30 Report 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 BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt 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 BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt 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.