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Republicans hold Ukraine hostage while Russians consolidate gains

Republicans dirty up legislation to help the Ukraine with another pet issue of theirs.

Aid to the Ukraine held up by Republicans over extraneous issue

Republicans say they don’t like “big government” while they demonstrate to the world that they are big government. The case in point is assistance to the Ukraine. Timely assistance and show of solidarity is at stake, and the Republicans have blown that opportunity.

How and why are they doing that? They want the IRS to stop investigating 501(C)(4) not for profit political organizations otherwise known as PACs.

“Republicans have long opposed the reforms, which they see as reducing U.S. influence in the IMF. They’ve sought to get a deal from the administration in which they’d agree to the reforms in exchange for the White House backing off on new regulations to govern 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups that were at the center of the recent IRS targeting controversy.

The IRS rules, released after the tax agency acknowledged it improperly scrutinized conservative organizations, seek to clarify what would be considered political activity for tax-exempt groups.
The GOP offered a similar deal during a fight over an omnibus spending bill.”

Wealthy persons and corporations employ 501(c)(4) tax-exempt groups as a means to gain unfair advantage in the American Political System. They are an instrument used by both parties, but are especially important to wealthy persons because they simply don’t have the number of voters to win elections fairly.

Commingling issues like this is big government at its worse.

“They said we will give the president the tools he needs to help the beleaguered people of Ukraine but only if — only if — [501(c)(4)] work by the International Revenue Service and the Treasury Department is stopped,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Monday, referring to congressional Republicans. “That’s pretty absurd, but that’s the truth.”

Many congressional Republicans see the IMF changes as an unnecessary component of Ukraine aid and have either called on Democrats to drop their demand for the IMF provisions or floated the possibility of exchanging those reforms for delaying the campaign-finance rules.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that while he supports the IMF language, he believes that it ultimately will be scrubbed from the bill.”

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