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Ukraine Aid Bill Could Move Next Week, May Include Sanctions (Updated) (Video)

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The Foreign Relations Committee might take up an aid package for Ukraine before the scheduled St. Patrick's Day recess, according to committee member Christopher S. Murphy.  

"I'm hopeful that our aid package will include sanctions against Russia," the Connecticut Democrat said. Discussions are under way about the extent of those sanctions and whether they will be in the same bill, he said.  

Economic sanctions generally fall primarily in the jurisdiction of the Banking Committee, while Foreign Relations Chairman Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is already working on at least $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine.