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House approves Ukraine aid

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As part of American efforts to aid the beleaguered Ukraine, the House of Representatives today approved a $1 billion aid bill by a vote of 385-23.

The aid bill, first requested by the White House earlier this week and sponsored by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), passed along bipartisan lines in the House. In calling for the aid, the Obama administration said the loan guarantee package was to be aimed at helping insulate Ukraine from reductions in energy subsidies in its relations with Russia. The assistance is also meant to supplement a broader aid package which would be forthcoming from the International Monetary Fund.

Russia has been sending forces and troops into the Ukraine in an attempt to destabilize the current government and install a more Moscow-friendly regime in its place. Protests and fights have gotten louder and more violent between Ukrainian nationalists and Russian forces, as Russian troops have now occupied the province of Crimea.

Sanctions are currently being considered by the Obama administration, but there has not been talk yet of American troop deployments to the area should current diplomatic tools fail.

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