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Ukraine loan package, Russian sanctions clear key Senate hurdle
Ukraine loan package, Russian sanctions clear key Senate hurdle

WASHINGTON -- Legislation to approve $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine and impose sanctions against Russia cleared a key Senate hurdle Monday, but Congress remained locked in a partisan fight over the details of the package. By a vote of 78-17, the measure advanced after overcoming the threat of a GOP filibuster and objections from Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other tea party-aligned conservatives. 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...

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