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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

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. is joined by Republican members and veterans in calling for reforms in the wake of allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at Veterans Administration hospitals possibly leading to patient deaths, Thursday, May 29, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Earlier, House Speaker John Boehner said he isn't ready to join other members of Congress who say Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign over the scandal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House vets chair: Senate plan is 'nothing new'

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, said Monday that the recent Senate plan to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs is something the House has been supporting for months. Published June 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

Senators announce bipartisan bill to reduce VA wait times

Senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would let veterans seek care at a doctor of their choice if long wait times or far distances prevented them from attending a Veterans Affairs facility. Published June 5, 2014

**FILE** Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2014, during the committee's hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (Associated Press)

Sanders, McCain meet to work on vets agreement

While there's no bipartisan agreement yet, Sen. Bernard Sanders said Wednesday that both Democrats and Republicans have the same goal: getting veterans care as soon as possible. Published June 4, 2014

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks at the kick-off ceremony of a private-public partnership at the Paso del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Customs and Borders Protection is launching a pilot program in which public and private entities are allowed to give money to the federal agency to pay for infrastructure and staffing in order to cut traveler wait times at ports of entry. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Mental health delays at VA system five times longer than reported

Veterans seeking mental health care through the El Paso VA system were forced to wait more than two months just to get an appointment, a delay five times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department's official estimates, according to a study released Wednesday by a congressman from Texas. Published June 4, 2014

Sen. John McCain said Sunday morning that he had serious concerns about the decision to release five Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, for fear they are responsible for thousands of deaths. (CBS News)

GOP senators unveil 'choice' plan for VA patients

Republican senators announced Tuesday a plan to give each patient at the VA a "choice card" that would allow him or her to seek care outside the VA system in certain circumstances. Published June 3, 2014

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

VA groups say speed, not spending, key for overhaul

Senate Democrats are rushing to craft a bill to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department in the wake of the burgeoning treatment scandal, but they are running into hurdles from some veterans groups who warn Democrats not to let a long wish list of spending get in the way of quick action. Published June 2, 2014

The St. Louis VA Medical Center has come under scrutiny after the former chief of psychiatry said too many mental health patients must wait for treatment. President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services.
(Associated Press)

Veterans want better management, say more money at VA is not the answer

Within minutes of accepting the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled that their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services. Published June 1, 2014

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, tells reporters that he isn't quite ready to join other members of Congress who say Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign in the wake of problems with the Veterans Affairs troubled health care system,Thursday, May 29, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner said he's reserving judgment about the embattled secretary and that President Barack Obama needs to step up and show leadership on the issue. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Boehner: Shinseki resignation 'really changes nothing'

Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said Friday that the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki does not fix widespread scheduling problems and delays in care across the VA. Published May 30, 2014

White House backing away from Eric Shinseki

President Obama's faith in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki appeared to be waning Thursday after a scathing report revealed cover-ups and poor care within the VA health system, and more than 100 lawmakers — including many politically vulnerable Democrats — have demanded the secretary's resignation. Published May 29, 2014

Sen. Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, said he will continue to "work on a path forward" on legislation to extend unemployment benefits, said a spokesperson. (Associated Press)

Once a priority, unemployment benefits push loses steam

It dominated the Democrats' political attacks in December and early this year, but the push to extend unemployment benefits has faded as deadlines have been missed and the overall jobless rate has tumbled. Published May 29, 2014

From left, Dr. Thomas Lynch, the assistant deputy under secretary for health for clinical operations at the Veterans Health Administration, Joan Mooney, the assistant secretary for congressional and legislative affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Michael Huff, a congressional relations officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs, testify as the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hears from the three witnesses about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at VA hospitals possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

VA officials have few answers for Congress on Phoenix scandal

Top VA officials told Congress on Wednesday that they initially thought the secret lists at the Phoenix VA hospital were part of an initiative to reschedule cancelled appointments, not a way to manipulate waiting times. Published May 28, 2014