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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

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


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

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2011 file photo shows Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. President Barack Obama is selecting the former Procter and Gamble executive as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, an administration official said Sunday, June 29, 2014. McDonald, 61, is a native of Gary, Ind., who grew up in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Procter and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veterans issues. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Issa: Disappearing emails miss core of IRS scandal

Rep. Darrell E. Issa said Sunday that issues about emails disappearing in the Internal Revenue Service scandal are missing the root of the problem — that conservative groups were targeted by the IRS. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

Rogers: Benghazi suspect interrogation should not be rushed

A key House leader with oversight of intelligence issues said Sunday that the FBI needs more than just 10 days to interrogate the suspect in the Benghazi attack since the intelligence he has could be valuable to national security. Published June 29, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

King: Syria biggest threat to U.S.

Rep. Peter King said Sunday that despite unrest in Iraq, Syria is the biggest threat right now to America's national security interests, noting the high number of Americans or those with European passports in Syria who could travel to the U.S. Published June 29, 2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 26, 2014, struck a blow to President Barack Obama's ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by limiting his power to make recess appointments without congressional approval. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Obama: House lawsuit over executive actions a 'stunt'

President Obama refused to apologize Friday morning for his use of executive actions, saying that House Speaker John Boehner shouldn't sue the president for his action when Congress is at a standstill. Published June 27, 2014

Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans', said of a potential cash infusion to the VA: "This is ludicrous. It is impossible for us to even start an intelligent conversation on what we put in legislation when we have numbers that are so grotesquely out of line." (Associated Press)

$50 billion price tag proves a stumbling block in VA bill

House and Senate negotiators met Tuesday to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag. Published June 24, 2014