Harry Reid Suggests the GOP Helped Russia Annex Crimea

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An economic aid package for Ukraine cleared a procedural vote in the Senate on Monday evening, but Majority Leader Harry Reid suggested the GOP has already "sent a dangerous message to Russian leaders" by delaying the vote until after a weeklong break (though, due to differences with the bill passed by the House, there wouldn't have been a law anyway). "Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases," Reid said on the Senate floor. "It's impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice." Michael Steel, John Boehner's spokesman, said Reid "sounds completely unhinged." U.S. intelligence officials have taken to blaming Edward Snowden, so now we don't know which American let Vladimir Putin invade Crimea.