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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

Legislation would put VA in baby business

The number of veterans who have their reproductive organs damaged in combat is growing, leading a top senator to propose legislation that would make fertility care a bigger part of Veterans Affairs hospitals' missions. Published February 9, 2014

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., leaves following a news conference to discuss unemployment insurance, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Push to extend unemployment benefits fails in Senate

Senate Republicans filibustered the latest effort Thursday to extend federal unemployment benefits, but Democrats fell just one vote shy of winning, leaving them optimistic they will eventually be able to overcome the blockade. Published February 6, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat (Associated Press)

New CBO forecast complicates fight over unemployment benefits

Even as Democrats this week are pushing for another extension of benefits for the nation's long-term unemployed, a new economic forecast suggests that the jobless rate could remain high for several more years — raising the prospect that the government will have to keep paying out those benefits for longer than many anticipated. Published February 5, 2014

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, a farmer takes advantage of dry weather to till a field in preparation for spring planting near England, Ark. A new farm bill that could become law as soon as next week would require a choice between different subsidy approaches that require producers to suffer losses before they can get payouts.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Senate passes farm bill limiting renegotiations that saved billions

President Obama proved in 2010 that billions of dollars of taxpayer money can be saved by renegotiating federal contracts with private crop insurance agencies, but the new farm bill prohibits the government from doing that in the future. Published February 4, 2014

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, complained that the farm bill will increase the deficit by $2.1 billion in 2014.

New farm bill survives test vote in Senate, faces criticism

The massive new farm bill survived a test vote in the Senate on Monday, but is coming under heavy attack from critics who say it front-loads spending but withholds most of its promised cuts to agriculture programs and farmer payments until five years from now — after the law would expire. Published February 3, 2014

** FILE ** This Jan. 23, 2014, file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. in San Antonio. Ryan won't say if he'll run for president in 2016 but there's one job he's sure he doesn't want: Speaker of the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Ryan: Border security No. 1 priority for GOP on immigration

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Sunday that because there is no time limit on immigration reform, like there would be on a government shutdown, Republicans will not be forced to compromise with the Senate on a deal that the GOP doesn't agree with. Published February 2, 2014

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Democrats urge unemployed to lobby GOP for benefits

Democrats said they are still trying to get those who lost federal unemployment benefits to tell their stories to Republicans in Washington, but the effort has done little to sway GOP lawmakers who say they'll only accept a bill if the new spending is paid for. Published January 30, 2014

President Obama addresses the annual convention of the American Legion at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Veterans' groups disappointed in Obama on veteran benefits

While President Obama talked about many initiatives to help veterans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, veterans' groups criticized him Wednesday for not demanding a full repeal of cuts to military retirement benefits. Published January 29, 2014

FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, dairy cows stand near a barn on a farm in Billings, Mo. Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times. The House approved compromise legislation Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, and a Senate vote is expected soon. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Nathan Papes, File)

Massive farm bill gets needed push across the House finish line

House Republican leaders Wednesday needed Democrats to help them push a big bill across the finish line — in this case, the massive farm bill, which spends nearly $1 trillion over the next decade on food stamps and farm subsidies. Published January 29, 2014

An amendment introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, to preserve tight restrictions on Guantanamo detainees was defeated by a vote of 55 to 43 in the Senate. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

No urgency in finding fix for COLA cuts, military leaders say

Military leaders called for a review of the cost-of-living adjustment cuts in last month's budget deal on Tuesday, but said Congress had "ample time" to find a fix, contradicting the urgency being stressed by some lawmakers and many veterans groups. Published January 28, 2014