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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.

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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

House negotiators reach agreement on farm bill

House and Senate negotiators said Monday they’ve finally reached an agreement on the long-delayed farm bill, signing a deal that would save $8 billion in the food stamp program and cut $19 billion from farm subsidies — though it preserves both programs. Published January 27, 2014

"I've been doing lots of events and the overwhelming sentiment is that we need to extend emergency unemployment compensation for million of Americans who are still looking for work but can't find it," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat. (associated press)

Democrats fired up for fight for unemployment benefits

Democrats are returning to Washington this week armed with stories from some of the 1.6 million unemployed Americans back home who are desperate to have the federal government resume paying unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. Published January 26, 2014

** FILE ** This Dec. 11, 2013, image from video provided by WJLA-TV, shows Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., being escorted from his Washington home by U.S. Postal Inspector police. Loskarn has been found dead in Maryland, just weeks after the former staffer's arrest on child pornography charges. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)

Former aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander commits suicide in Md. home

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, a former aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander who faced charges for child pornography, was found dead in a Sykesville, Md., home Thursday afternoon, a release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said. Published January 24, 2014

"Do what a handful of states have done and have a primary where all voters, members of every party, can vote and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, then enter a runoff," Sen. Charles E. Schumer suggests in his scheme to weaken the tea party. (Associated Press)

Chuck Schumer pushes plan to wipe out tea party

Democrats should push for more open primaries as a way of weakening the tea party movement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Thursday, laying out a plan to try to isolate the grass-roots conservative movement that has emerged as a key hurdle to President Obama's agenda over the past three years. Published January 23, 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

**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

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 - 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 ** 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 ** 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