WASHINGTON -- Legislation to approve $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and impose sanctions against Russia cleared a key
By a vote of 78-17, the measure advanced after overcoming the threat of a GOP filibuster and objections from Sen.
But the Senate package still faces opposition in the House, where Republicans -- with backing from key Democrats -- are crafting their own version.
The full Senate is expected to pass its bill later in the week.
Lawmakers, who returned Monday from a weeklong recess, have been struggling to set aside partisan squabbles to show a unified front following Russian President
Both Republicans and Democrats largely agree with President
Key to the objections from Cruz, Sen.
The IMF approved the changes several years ago as part of a plan to bolster participation in the fund from countries with emerging economies. Ukraine's ability to borrow from the fund would almost double to $14.5 billion, officials said. The U.S. is the last IMF member country to approve the changes, and White House officials said Monday that the additional loan authority would be key to Kiev's ability to stabilize its economy.
Other Republicans have said they do not necessarily oppose the IMF changes, but want something in return for approving an administration priority.