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Reid slams ‘radical’ senators for blocking Ukraine aid

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday that a “few radical Republicans” blocked progress on a Ukraine aid package more than a week ago because they are trying to protect the Koch brothers.

Reid tried to get an up-or-down vote on the Senate Ukraine bill more than a week ago, but some Republicans objected, saying they wanted to add a delay to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations on tax-exempt groups if Democrats were allowed to include reforms to the IMF.

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“It’s almost unimaginable why they blocked it,” Reid said ahead of the vote. “A few radical Republicans delayed this aid package by 10 days in order to protect the Koch brothers and billionaires like them.”

Reid has increasingly been critical of oil billionaires David and Charles Koch, who fund conservative political groups such as Americans for Prosperity. Reid has accused them of trying to “buy America” through political donations.

Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio.) office blasted Reid's comments later on Monday. 
 
“The Senate Majority Leader sounds completely unhinged.  The House has acted, and is continuing to act, in a reasonable and responsible way to give the White House the tools it needs to hold President Putin accountable," said Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner. 
 
The Senate voted to proceed forward on the Ukraine bill in a 78-17 vote.

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