Watch Rachel Maddow Learn Why Tea Party Is Too Terrible To Actually Help Ukraine (Video)
This glimpse into How Washington Works could make you slightly crazy: HuffPo's Ryan Grim tells Rachel Maddow about the package of aid to Ukraine that moved forward in the Senate Monday, and why it may stall -- not because Congress hates Ukraine, but because the bill reforms how the International Monetary Fund moves money around. It's a technical reform that the U.S. agreed to four years ago but that the Senate never passed, because it is the U.S. Senate after all. And the provision could be a deal-breaker, because teabaggers in the House don't like foreigners or the IMF.
But! They're willing to compromise! Enough Republicans may decide to let the accounting change for the IMF go through if they get something in return -- a change in rules so that the IRS would back off investigating whether tax-exempt nonprofits -- those good old 501(c)(4)s -- actually qualify for their tax-exempt status, or are just black boxes that anonymous (Koch Industries) money goes into and which emit political ads.
Yes. That vital foreign-policy issue is what is holding back Congress from providing aid to the freedom-loving Ukrainians. Be careful not to grind your teeth too much.
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