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McCain Berates Fellow Republicans Over Ukraine Aid Delay

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., angrily denounced members of his own party Thursday for delaying passage of an aid package to Ukraine.

“Don’t call yourselves Reagan Republicans,” he said on the Senate floor. “Ronald Reagan would never let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people.”

McCain added that he is “embarrassed” by fellow Republicans who have objected to the details of the Ukraine aid package, including language that would change the operations of the International Monetary Fund. It also includes some sanctions on individuals involved with the Russian incursion into Crimea.

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“What has happened? Where are our priorities?” he said. “Is the IMF – no matter whether it’s fixed or not fixed with this legislation – more important than the lives of thousands of people? Is that what we’re talking about here?”

The Senate is not expected to pass the package before adjourning for a week-long recess.

The House has already passed a loan guarantee bill for Ukraine. The House and Senate would need to agree on compromise legislation before it can go to President Obama for his signature.

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