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House GOP Leaders Plot Response on Ukraine

Cantor, committee chairs consider legislation to pressure Russia.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

House Republican committee chairmen and other leaders are developing what Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Monday said are "plans" to aid the Ukraine government and take other actions to pressure Russia to withdraw its military forces from that country.

The actions mentioned do not include direct military intervention.

Cantor said he believes there is bipartisan support for "assistance," but that "we must make sure it is done responsibly and any legislation is not delayed by adding divisive provisions."

 

"We should be focused on moving such a package as quickly as possible," said the House's No. 2 Republican.

Specifically, Cantor said the House "will review how we can expeditiously consider assistance to Ukraine in the form of loan guarantees."

As for Russia, Cantor said, "We will also begin reviewing what authorities, similar to the Magnitsky Act, we may provide the administration so that the president can take actions to impose sanctions on Russian officials, oligarchs, and other individuals complicit in Russia's efforts to invade and interfere with Ukraine's sovereign affairs."

The majority leader added: "I have spoken to administration officials to express our interest in working together to ensure that President Obama has the appropriate tools to impose real consequences on Russia for this aggression."

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