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Tuesday
Mar252014

Reid May Drop IMF Reform Demand Hindering Ukraine Aid Bill

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering dropping demands for controversial reforms to the International Monetary Fund that threatened to hold up an aid package for Ukraine, a senior Senate aide confirmed with ABC News Tuesday.

While the reversal is being discussed as an option, the source stressed Reid has not made a final decision.

The IMF provisions in the measure have proven to be extremely controversial among Republicans because they would increase appropriations for the U.S. to the IMF.

Earlier Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said the IMF reforms are unrelated to the Ukraine aid package and called on the Senate to pass a clean bill.

Selling gas to Ukraine would require a change in regulations because the U.S. has long restricted the export of its energy supply. But a boom in natural gas production on the U.S. has prompted many in the industry to ask that the restrictions be relaxed.

Reid’s actions came after Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill said House Democrats “are unified” in supporting the IMF reforms because they are “an important component of the aid package for Ukraine.”

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