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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at jklimas@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

**FILE** Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Sean Duffy: Send unaccompanied minors back

Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican, said Tuesday that the unaccompanied minors who crossed the border must be sent back to their home country so more children don't embark on the dangerous journey seeking amnesty. Published July 15, 2014

**FILE** The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

Vet suicides 'horrible human cost' of VA dysfunction: lawmaker

After two deployments with the Marine Corps left him depressed, anxious and unable to hold a job, Sgt. Clay Hunt appealed his 30 percent disability rating with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA approved his appeal 18 months later, but it was too late. He died five weeks earlier of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Published July 10, 2014

** FILE ** This April 2, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

McCaskill gives colleges failing grade on sexual assault

A stunning number of U.S. colleges and universities said they didn't investigate a single sexual assault on their campuses over the last five years, according to a new report released Wednesday by Sen. Claire McCaskill who said it signals many schools are in denial. Published July 9, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. takes questions from reporters about the stunning primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Thursday, June 12, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The California Democrat said she’s hopeful that the House can still move on issues like an immigration overhaul, despite concerns that Cantor’s departure could drive House Republicans further to the right, possibly making compromise less likely. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats push bill to repeal Hobby Lobby ruling

Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal part of a key religious freedom law and require for-profit companies to pay for their employees' birth control under Obamacare. Published July 9, 2014

In this June 30, 2014, file photo, former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

VA secretary nominee to meet with top veterans lawmaker

Robert McDonald, who the president tapped last week to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is scheduled to meet with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. Published July 8, 2014

Lawmakers plan bills on VA whistleblower protection

Lawmakers said Tuesday night that they planned to introduce legislation to better protect VA whistleblowers after hearing from employees who faced consequences at work for reporting instances of bad patient care. Published July 8, 2014

Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican was shocked at the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimate to fix the VA, calling it "grotesquely out of line."

VA fix could cost billions

The VA's data on patient wait times is so bad that Congress's official scorekeeper can't even calculate the costs for fixing the agency, and that has become a major hurdle as lawmakers push for a quick fix on Capitol Hill. Published July 3, 2014

Top VA director retires amid whistleblower scandal

The director of the Office of the Medical Inspector at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has recently come under fire for not taking whistleblower reports seriously, has retired, according to a press release. Published July 2, 2014

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Military pensions could become targets in sex assault convictions

Lawmakers say it's worth considering giving the military power to strip service members of their pensions after Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was acquitted of sex assault but convicted of lesser charges, leading to a sentence some in Congress said was too light for what he was accused of. Published July 2, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble executive and Army veteran Bob McDonald, left, to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary. (Associated Press)

New VA chief must fix agency's tarnished image

Bob McDonald, the man President Obama nominated Monday to take the helm at the VA, will have to fix quickly what some are calling the nation's most corrupt bureaucracy — while being under intense pressure from a public shocked by stories of veterans dying stuck on wait lists awaiting care. Published June 30, 2014

The lawyer of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner said Repbulicans are using the the IRS probe to drum up support among GOP voters. (Associated)

Lerner's lawyer dismisses IRS probe as election year politics

The attorney for former IRS official Lois G. Lerner dismissed the scandal surrounding his client as "convenient" electioneering, accusing Republicans of creating suspicions about disappearing emails to drum up support among the GOP base in an election year. Published June 29, 2014

Despite recent gaffes over her family finances, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains she is committed to the lower and middle classes. (Associated Press)

Former President Bill Clinton: Hillary devoted to workers

Hillary Clinton's lifetime of public activism — not her recent comments on the family's finances — should show Americans that she's in touch with the struggles of the middle class, former President Bill Clinton said on Sunday. Published June 29, 2014