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Heritage Action says no to Ukraine package, will punish members for backing bill

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The influential conservative organization, Heritage Action, stated on Monday that not only do they not support “Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (S.2124)” bill, but will punish members who vote in support of the bill.

Heritage Action pointed out that the Senate will consider the Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014 (S.2124) this week, which also contains controversial and long-stalled “reforms” to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

“The IMF is unrelated to Russia’s aggression toward Ukraine and subsequent takeover of Crimea,“ Heritage Action said.

“Any attempt to conflate the two issues is politically motivated; indeed, the Obama Administration is misleading the American people to make these so-called reforms appear urgent. Alarmingly, the proposed “reforms” are not even in America’s best interest because they would reduce the power of the United States. In fact, the Heritage Foundation points out “the reform package would also increase Russia’s power at the IMF at the very time when the U.S. is seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression in Crimea.”

Heritage Action explained that the IMF reform package would undermine the United States’ power in several ways.

“The Heritage Foundation explains the reforms would shift more voting power to countries like Russia, China, Brazil, and India, as well as specific emerging-market nations. It would also double the amount of member countries’ national “quota” contributions. “The higher ‘quota’ levels would come from shifting certain special ‘emergency account’ funds over which the United States has had more control.”

Meanwhile, The Hill reported that an action alert from Heritage Action stated that it would punish any lawmaker who votes for the Senate's Ukraine bill in its annual ratings and will receive a negative rating.

In the alert, Heritage Action said, “Any attempt to conflate the two issues is politically motivated; indeed, the Obama Administration is misleading the American people to make these so-called reforms appear urgent.”

“Alarmingly, the proposed 'reforms' are not even in America’s best interest because they would reduce the power of the United States. In fact, the Heritage Foundation points out that the reform package would also increase Russia’s power at the IMF at the very time when the U.S. is seeking to punish Russia for its act of war and aggression in Crimea.”

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