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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

Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has been a vocal supporter of a fix of the budget bill and asked President Obama to hold off on signing it and give Congress a chance to fix the provision before it becomes law. He and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican (left), suggested paying for the change by better regulating food stamp eligibility and child earned income tax credits to prevent fraud. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Veterans groups say military cuts should prompt Obama budget veto

Two veterans groups demanded Thursday that President Obama veto the budget bill Congress passed earlier this week, saying that the cuts to military retirement benefits — which even the bill's authors now admit were a partial mistake — are an insult to former troops. Published December 19, 2013

** FILE ** U.S. soldiers depart Forward Operating Base Baylough, Afghanistan, June 16, 2010, to conduct a patrol. The soldiers are from 1st Platoon, Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment. (DoD photo by Staff Sgt. William Tremblay, U.S. Army/Released)

Special ops vets slam military benefit cuts

Former members of U.S. special operations forces on Thursday demanded President Obama veto the budget bill Congress just passed, saying that the cuts to military retirement benefits — which even the bill's authors now admit were a partial mistake — are an insult to veterans. Published December 19, 2013

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

Senate approves budget deal; Obama set to sign

Congress passed a new topline budget on Wednesday, sending it to President Obama's desk for his signature and signaling all sides in Washington are trying to avoid another government shutdown in January. Published December 18, 2013

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2013 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, speaking with Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. on Capitol Hill in Washington at the start of a Congressional Budget Conference. Ryan likened his 2-year budget agreement with Democrats to taking a few steps in the right direction. But the bipartisan deal also carries potential value for Republicans and Ryan himself at a time when the party lacks a clear leader ahead of the 2014 midterm election. If the agreement eventually comes to represent the badly needed bridge between Republican factions, Ryan was its builder.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Senate's promise to fix cut to military retirement pay

Even as the Senate rushes to pass the new bipartisan budget agreement, lawmakers are acknowledging they botched part of the plan and are vowing to undo a cut to military retirement pay before it takes effect in 2015. Published December 17, 2013

House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, last week led the charge to undo some of the sequester cuts, replacing them with more spending now, offset by promised fees and cuts in the future. Mr. Boehner is one of a number of members of Congress who have changed their stance on the automatic cuts since the 2011 debt deal that set the sequesters in place. (Associated Press)

John Boehner among lawmakers shifting positions on sequester budget cuts

In 2011, he called the budget sequester "ugly" and said he wanted to do everything possible to avoid it, then earlier this year, he said the automatic spending cuts would remain in place until lawmakers put themselves on the path to a balanced budget over 10 years. Published December 16, 2013

FILE - This Nov. 13, 2013 file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, speaking with Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. on Capitol Hill in Washington at the start of a Congressional Budget Conference. Ryan likened his 2-year budget agreement with Democrats to taking a few steps in the right direction. But the bipartisan deal also carries potential value for Republicans and Ryan himself at a time when the party lacks a clear leader ahead of the 2014 midterm election. If the agreement eventually comes to represent the badly needed bridge between Republican factions, Ryan was its builder.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

$50B a year in budget 'savings' will come from expired tax breaks

Those worried that the bipartisan budget making its way through Congress does not include enough deficit reduction can take some solace in the fact that more savings will quietly take effect after a number of tax breaks expire at the end of the year. Published December 15, 2013

Accused terrorists held in a Guantanamo Bay detention camp have cost the federal government $300,000 for liquid nutritional supplements due to hunger strikes. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Bill eases Guantanamo transfers

The House voted Thursday to ease restrictions on transferring detainees at Guantanamo Bay to foreign countries as part of a yearly defense policy bill that will be considered by the Senate next week. Published December 12, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left,  joined by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., takes reporters' questions, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, as House Republicans signaled support for a budget deal worked out yesterday between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash. The budget deal was one of a few major measures left on Congress' to-do list near the end of a bruising year that has produced a partial government shutdown, a flirtation with a first-ever federal default and gridlock on President Obama's agenda. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget

Tea party groups and fiscal conservatives wasted no time Wednesday in savaging a bipartisan budget agreement negotiated between House Republicans and Senate Democrats, drawing an unusually angry response from House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican. Published December 11, 2013

** FILE ** Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

McConnell: Senate should focus on defense, budget in last days

With less than two weeks in session before the end of 2013, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he doesn't understand why the Senate is focusing on a string of non-emergency presidential nominations rather than must-pass legislation like a budget, defense policy bill and farm bill. Published December 10, 2013

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Lawmakers in hurry to fund military budget

Lawmakers are trying to rush the 2014 defense policy bill through Congress in less than a week to keep up a decadeslong streak of passing the key piece of legislation that covers defense spending, including military pay. Published December 9, 2013