WASHINGTON - Even areas of agreement in
That's what's happening to a $1-billion Ukraine loan package that has widespread support, but is stalled by a partisan fight over other issues, including the
As a result, Congress is now expected to recess for a week without approving the loan guarantees to the new government in Ukraine.
Trouble hit when both Democrats and
Democrats want to attach International Monetary Fund reforms sought by the White House that would allow additional loan-making capacity, which in turn could send further assistance to Ukraine.
Republicans are not necessarily opposed to the IMF changes, which have been discussed for months, but they see the issue as not directly related to the current
And Republicans decided that if the White House is going muscle through one of its priorities, they want something in return: A delay of pending IRS regulations that govern the political activity of tax-exempt social welfare groups.
Stopping the IRS's reach into the groups' affairs has been a priority for Republicans.
"I understand the administration wants the IMF money, but it has nothing to do with Ukraine," House Speaker
But Senate Majority Leader
Other donors also back groups that promote the priorities of Democrats.
Without a compromise, the aid package is not expected to be approved by Congress before lawmakers recess for the week. They'll likely try again when return at the end of the month.