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Senate panel OKs Coats proposal

The U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee advanced legislation Thursday that includes a provision by Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., that would forbid U.S. recognition of Russian sovereignty over Crimea.

His proposal is part of a bill, approved by the committee in a 25-5 vote, that would authorize funding for the State Department in fiscal 2015.

Coats' provision states that no funds may be used for “the implementation of any action or policy that recognizes the sovereignty of the Russian Federation over Crimea.”