House GOP Leaders Plot Response on Ukraine

Cantor, committee chairs consider legislation to pressure Russia.

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Billy House
March 3, 2014, 2:13 p.m.

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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