Skip to comments.Reid blames Ukraine standoff on Kochs
Posted on 03/13/2014 12:00:12 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
Reid blames Ukraine standoff on Kochs Greg Nash
By Alexander Bolton - 03/13/14 01:20 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday accused Republicans of holding up crucial assistance to Ukraine in order to protect the Koch brothers.
Reid tied the billionaires David and Charles Koch, who have bankrolled conservative causes, to GOP demands that language delaying the Internal Revenue Services regulation of nonprofit political advocacy groups be added to the Ukraine package.
Some conservative Republicans want the IRS language added if the bill is also to include reforms to the International Monetary Fund backed by the White House.
Reid has been on the warpath against the Koch brothers, with barely a day passing that doesn't include an attack on them.
Its hard for me to comprehend how with a clear conscience they could say, Ukrainians, we probably cant help you because were trying to protect the Koch brothers, he said on Thursday. And not only that, theyre saying to the American people that protecting the Koch brothers is more important than helping our country.
The disagreement over IMF funding between Democratic and Republican leaders will prevent Congress from passing legislation to assist Ukraine before leaving for a weeklong recess at the end of this week.
Sen. Charles Schumer (N.Y.), the third-ranking Senate Democrat, dismissed the Republican demand as a nonstarter. He said even a one-year delay of the IRS rule-making would be unacceptable.
The bottom line is this is so deleterious to our political system that there should not be a delay, he said of political spending by social welfare groups that qualify under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. Do you think any Americans, except the very few who are spending this money and benefiting, think we should allow this continue for even a day more? I dont.
This is serious stuff, its corrupting our political process. Everyday delay corrupts it more, he said.
Schumer called IMF language contained in legislation approved by the Senate Foreign Relations necessary to blunt Russias influence over Ukraine.
The House has passed legislation that allows $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine but does not include sanctions against Russia or IMF reform.
Schumer called IMF funding our chit to put on the table when the Russians put their financial chit on the table, and it helps keep Ukraine free.
Its just wrong that were the only country that is opposing the reforms to the IMF, he said.
The Obama administration has asked Congress to approve a shift of $63 billion within the IMF from a special crisis fund to the general loan pool.
Republicans say the shift would leave the United States with less influence over the funding because general loans are approved by a simple majority of the IMF Executive Board.
The Koch brother tanks are rolling into Ukraine as we speak!
‘How many divisions [do they] have’?
The entire Democrat party is drowning in flopsweat.
i can’t spell the noises i’m making right now
I thought it was:
I sure wish he’d make up his mind.
I'm now beginning to wonder. It's a fine line between Rat demagoguing and bats**t crazy.
LOLOLOL! Geez, this guy really has gone over the deep end. The Koch brothers are also responsible for Guam’s possible tipping over, Mt. St. Helens erupting and just about everything else evil in the universe. Even ordering the sun to put out less energy.
And...conservatives wonder why the Koch Brothers have NEVER been requested to testify before congress on any salient issue.
Could it be that they just might show up with Mark Levin in the stable?
Harry, ask them over for a visit, testify, under oath.
LOL. This is the third thing in like 2 weeks I’ve heard him blame the Koch brothers for. Did he hire a new speech writer or something?
I guess after 5 plus years, the “It’s Bush’s Fault” ploy has worn out its welcome...
Not only that, but one of them has sponsered a spectacular Smithsonian exhibit on evolution guaranteed to give the creationist wing of conservatism a coronary.
Things go better with Koch.
Wow, democrats sure are re-focusing their blame/hatred to these guys...
The Koch brothers better be careful or they may end up with all of their assets seized. That would be bad.