• The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that would provide aid to Ukraine while imposing economic sanctions on Russia because of its annexation of Crimea. The bill would provide $1 billion in guaranteed loans to Ukraine and would bar certain Russian officials from obtaining visas and freeze their assets. The measure passed overwhelmingly by a 399-19 margin, with 210 Republicans and 189 Democrats supporting it. Two Democrats and 17 Republicans opposed the measure. The Senate approved a similar package by voice vote Thursday.

U.S. House vote

Greg Walden (R) Y

Earl Blumenauer (D) Y

Suzanne Bonamici (D) Y

Peter DeFazio (D) Y

Kurt Schrader (D) Y

• The Senate voted to invoke cloture Thursday on a nominee for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. The 9th Circuit hears cases from nine states, including Oregon. Needing 51 votes to end debate on the nomination of John Owens, of California, the nomination advanced by a 54-44 margin, setting up a confirmation vote for next week.

U.S. Senate vote

Jeff Merkley (D) Y

Ron Wyden (D) Y

— Andrew Clevenger, The Bulletin