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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** Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. David Vitter to run for Louisiana governor in 2015

Sen. David Vitter on Tuesday ended months of speculation and entered the 2015 race for governor of Louisiana, saying the office would give him a more powerful post from which to protect taxpayer dollars. Published January 21, 2014

A photo of a police leaflet seen in a Sochi hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, shows Ruzanna Ibragimova and states that she is at large in the city of Sochi. Russian security officials are hunting down three potential female suicide bombers, one of whom is believed to be in Sochi, where the Winter Olympics will begin next month. Police leaflets seen by an Associated Press reporter at a central Sochi hotel on Tuesday contain warnings about three potential suicide bombers. Police said that Ruzanna Ibragimova, depicted in a mug shot wearing a pink hijab, was at large in Sochi. (AP Photo/Natalya Vasilyeva)

Former FBI terrorism expert: Sochi terrorism threat is unique

Don Borelli, a former member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, said the terrorist threat in Sochi, Russia, is unique because officials already know terrorists are planning an attack in Sochi sometime during the Olympics. Published January 21, 2014

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. U.S. Navy photo.

U.S. warships deploy for Sochi Olympics

The United States will deploy at least two warships into the Black Sea off the coast of Sochi, Russia, to respond to a potential terror attack during the upcoming Olympics, top officials said on Monday. Published January 20, 2014

** FILE ** This July 23, 2010, file photo shows Gen. Stanley McChrystal reviewing troops for the last time as he is honored at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

Gen. Stanley McChrystal: Security agreement needed now in Afghanistan

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the retired leader of forces in Afghanistan who served in the Army for 34 years, said Afghanistan and the U.S. need to sign a security agreement as soon as possible to give Afghan people some certainty about their future. Published January 20, 2014

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, which AP obtained from Syrian official news agency SANA and which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, President Bashar Assad gestures as he speaks during an interview with Lebanon’s Al-Mayadeen TV, at the presidential palace in Damascus, Syria. With stakes high and expectations low, Syria's government and its opponents sit down face-to-face at an international peace conference this week for the first time _ muscled to the negotiating table by foreign powers that fear the bloodiest of the Arab Spring uprisings may engulf the entire region in sectarian war. (AP Photo/SANA, File)

Iran to attend Syria peace talks

Iran accepted an invitation on Monday to attend peace talks to end conflict in Syria later this week Published January 20, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Harry Reid. (Associated Press)

Veterans' groups press Congress to undo cuts to benefits

Lawmakers say they have plenty of time to repeal a cut to military retiree pay that takes effect in 2015, but veterans' groups are warning Congress it must get it done soon before members get distracted by their own re-election campaigns later this year. Published January 19, 2014

Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican, and other House Republicans are challenging the Affordable Care Act by joining a lawsuit currently pending. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

House Republicans ban D.C. from using tax money to fund abortions

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee approved a bill Wednesday to permanently prevent the District of Columbia from using its own taxpayer money to pay for abortions, setting up an election-year debate on social issues. Published January 15, 2014

**FILE** Democratic Sens. Jack Reed (center) of Rhode Island, Charles Schumer (left) of New York and Jeff Merkley of Oregon meet with reporters on Capitol Hill on Jan. 7, 2014, after legislation to renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed unexpectedly cleared an initial Senate hurdle. (Associated Press)

Senate struggles to get a deal on extending unemployment benefits

Democrats' election-year push to extend federal unemployment benefits to the long-term jobless died Tuesday after Senate Republicans filibustered, leaving more than 1 million long-term unemployed workers without aid and both sides pointing fingers. Published January 14, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid delays Senate vote on unemployment benefits extension

The Democrats' unemployment benefits bill, already reeling from GOP attacks, is now running into budget problems after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unveiled a new version late last week that adds billions of dollars to the deficit. Published January 13, 2014

GOP to continue push on cutting off child tax credit for illegals

Democrats ducked a debate last week about cutting off tax breaks to illegal immigrants, but Republicans vowed to keep raising the issue, saying that having the IRS pay out tax credits to those who shouldn't be in the country in the first place is a form of fraud. Published January 12, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., meets with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Reid: We're amenable to GOP unemployment amendments

Just one day after saying unequivocally that no GOP amendments would be considered on a bill to extend unemployment insurance, Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, decided Friday afternoon to allow "a reasonable number of relevant amendments from Republicans." Published January 10, 2014

Democrats rewrite unemployment benefits extension plan

Senate Democrats rewrote their unemployment benefit extension plan Thursday, ignoring Republicans' pleas for a full debate and instead offering a take-it-or-leave-it proposal that would pay for nearly a year's worth of additional benefits now by promising broad budget cuts more than a decade in the future. Published January 9, 2014

**FILE** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Republican senators: Prohibit illegals from claiming child tax credit

Republican senators gave a small victory to Democrats this week in voting not to filibuster a three-month extension to unemployment benefits, but GOP lawmakers are now trying to turn the debate into a choice between the jobless and illegal immigrants. Published January 8, 2014

** FILE ** The dome of the U.S. Capitol in Washington is pictured on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Senate OKs unemployment extension, but House GOP wants to know who's paying

A handful of Republican lawmakers joined Democrats in pushing a hotly contested extension of unemployment benefits through the Senate Tuesday, but the House's GOP leadership said the bill isn't going anywhere until backers figure out how to pay for its $6.5 billion price tag. Published January 7, 2014

Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, said on Sunday that he isn't sure if Democrats have the votes yet to clear the 60-vote threshold in a vote to extend unemployment benefits. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate fight likely over unemployment benefits

Lawmakers are set for a clash in the Senate Monday over unemployment benefits, with Democrats calling for a no-strings-attached extension of long-term benefits and Republicans insisting that any new spending be offset by cuts elsewhere. Published January 5, 2014