Ted Cruz and Rand Paul unite to block Ukraine aid package over IMF changes

Joel Gehrke
The Washington Examiner

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will work to block a $1 billion Ukraine aid package unless Senate Majority Harry Reid, D-Nev., strips out a controversial measure funding the International Monetary Fund.

The lawmakers told Reid they “intend to object to any floor consideration of Ukraine aid legislation” until the IMF language is pulled from the bill. Rand and Cruz united on the issue just days after tensions ran high between them because of their disagreements on foreign policy.

“As we understand it, this reform would double the funds the IMF can loan, involving a doubling of the United States’ contribution from its current level of $63 billion, while simultaneously reducing U.S. influence over how these funds are directed — and increasing that of Russia,” they wrote to Reid in a March 13 letter released late Friday. “Regardless of the magnitude of this change, this idea is antithetical to the driving purpose of the underlying legislation.”

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also signed the letter to Reid, along with Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan…



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