2014-03-06T232043Z_1_CBREA251SUM00_RTROPTP_2_UKRAINE-CRISIS-USA

U.S. Congress steps into action on Ukraine

Demonstrators call on the U.S. to take measures against Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, in front of the White House in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a bill backing $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine, the first formal response by U.S. lawmakers to the worst crisis in U.S.-Russia relations since the Cold War. The U.S. Senate is expected to consider a similar bill next week. If passed as expected, it would be sent to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign into law. House and Senate committees held hearings on Thursday at which administration officials testified about the situation in Ukraine following Russia’s military incursion into its Crimea region.

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