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After a two-week standoff with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has decided to drop controversial provisions in the aid package for Ukraine.

The Senate was locked in a stalemate over the Obama administration’s proposed changes to the International Monetary Fund. The provisions had the support of Reid (D-Nev.) and some Republicans. Conservatives vowed to reject the bill unless the language — which was unrelated to Ukraine — was stripped from the legislation.

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Michael A. Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America, said Reid finally came to his senses.

“Not only did these so-called reforms have nothing to do with Ukraine, but they would have increased Russia’s power at the IMF just as the U.S. was seeking to punish the country,” Needham said, adding:

By refusing to give into Reid’s bullying tactics, conservatives in the House and Senate were able to prevent yet another foreign policy mistake by the Obama administration.”

Reid’s decision to drop the IMF provisions appears to clear the way for congressional approval of the aid package.

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