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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

Alex Sink delivers her concession speech, after being defeated by David Jolly for Florida's 13th Congressional District, at her watch party at the Hilton Carillon in St. Petersburg Tuesday evening (03/11/14). In background is Sink's daughter Lexi Crawford. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, Dirk Shadd)

DCCC chair hopes Alex Sink will run again in November

Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, said Wednesday that he hopes Alex Sink, the Democrat who lost the special election in Florida's 13th district to David Jolly, will run again in November. Published March 12, 2014

Climate change not a top concern of Americans, poll shows

Though climate change is a priority for senators, who spent close to 15 hours discussing it on the Senate floor earlier this week, it's not a top concern for constituents, a poll released Wednesday found. Published March 12, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Claire McCaskill to tackle sex assault at college next

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Tuesday that she will now work to eliminate sex assault on college campuses following the "major, sweeping reforms" to the military sex assault system that passed the Senate on Monday. Published March 11, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

Colorado lawmaker touts need for stoned-driving laws

Rep. Jared Polis, Colorado Democrat, said Tuesday that the federal government needs to ensure states that legalized medicinal or recreational marijuana have laws to prevent driving while high. Published March 11, 2014

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., talks with Senators during a meeting of the Senate Climate Action Task Force prior to taking to the Senate Floor all night to urge action on climate change on Monday, March 10, 2014, in Washington, from left, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D, Vt., Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., Richard Blumenthal, D- Conn., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Ukraine sanctions package expected in Senate next week

Sen. Barbara Boxer, California Democrat, said Tuesday that a full sanctions and aid package for Ukraine may not be finished until next week, when the Senate is expected to be on vacation. Published March 11, 2014

Pro-Russian soldiers stand outside an Ukrainian air defense military base outside Yevpatoria, Ukraine, Sunday, March 9, 2014. As separatists in Crimea kept up pressure for unification with Moscow, Ukraine on Sunday solemnly commemorated the 200th anniversary of the birth of its greatest poet, with the prime minister vowing not to give up “a single centimeter” of Ukrainian territory.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Americans don't support sending U.S. troops to Ukraine

Americans support economic sanctions and aide for Ukraine, but only a small percentage think President Obama should involve the U.S. military in the international conflict, said a new poll released Monday. Published March 10, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)'

Climate talkathon meant to raise awareness, spur action

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, said Monday that the planned Democratic talkathon Monday night is to raise awareness among the general public that climate change is an urgent issue. Published March 10, 2014

McCain: Putin will not leave Crimea

Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, predicted Monday that Russia will not back out of Crimea, even if a vote by the peninsula's residents finds they would rather be part of Ukraine. Published March 10, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., leaves the Senate floor on Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, after President Barack Obama's choice to head the Justice Department's civil rights division failed a Senate test vote and put the confirmation of Debo Adegbile in jeopardy.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week

Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said Wednesday that he will need to "pull out all the stops" to get enough GOP support for a 6-month extension to unemployment benefits that could come up for a vote next week. Published March 5, 2014