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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

The attorney for former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner says his client will continue to assert her rights not to testify about the IRS targeting of conservative groups. (Associated Press)

Lawyer for IRS official denies Issa claim client will testify

Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, said Sunday that Lois Lerner will finally testify about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups — but Ms. Lerner's lawyer said she has no plans to testify before Congress. Published March 2, 2014

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, New York Democrat, is confident her military sexual assault bill proposal will get enough support to clear a filibuster. (Associated Press)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand confident military sex assault bill will pass

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has only 55 senators signed on so far, but she said Sunday she's confident her proposal to strip military commanders of their power to prosecute sexual assault cases will get enough support to clear a threatened filibuster. Published March 2, 2014

IRS  employee Lois G. Lerner testified in May for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, where she asserted her Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination and proclaimed her innocence. (Associated Press)

Lois Lerner to testify Wednesday on IRS targeting of tea party groups

Lois Lerner will testify on Wednesday about the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups after declining to appear before Congress last year, Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday." Published March 2, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, said he wants to give President Obama a free hand to conduct diplomacy with Iran and doesn't want to see Congress vote on the issue. (Associated Press)

Democrats seek to avoid Iran sanctions vote embarrassment

Democratic leaders' desire to avoid a potentially embarrassing vote on Iran sanctions is tying the Senate into procedural knots, with the latest victim being a bill that would boost veterans benefits. Published February 26, 2014

Senate moves forward with veterans policy rewrite

The Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with a broad rewrite of American policy toward veterans, but the bill faces a number of hurdles — not least an insistence by the Republican minority that Congress find a new way to pay for the $21 billion in additional spending. Published February 25, 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)

Veterans groups want all COLA cuts repealed, for future warriors too

Fresh off winning a repeal of retirement-pay cuts for current and former military members, veterans groups say they now want to go back and cancel the cuts for future service members too, saying that the budget can be balanced without targeting veterans. Published February 17, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, meet 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)

Schumer: Start immigration reform after Obama leaves

To combat distrust of President Obama among the GOP caucus, Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, suggested passing immigration reform now, but delaying its implementation until Mr. Obama is no longer in office. Published February 13, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Dent. (Screen grab from

Fight over COLA cuts suggests difficulty in broader reform

Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, said Wednesday that the fight over repealing cost-of-living adjustment cuts for military retirees included in the 2013 budget deal shows how difficult it will be to make any type of permanent, broad entitlement reform. Published February 12, 2014

"This bill is a step forward but it doesn't go as far as it should," said Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, noting that benefits cuts have been erased for current veterans. He's also written a bill to boost spending for future veterans. (associated press)

Congress reverses military pension cuts

Congress congratulated itself this week after voting to restore full cost-of-living increases for military retirement benefits — but the bipartisan unity showed just how difficult it will be to tackle the major spending challenges that lie ahead. Published February 12, 2014