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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** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

King: Syria biggest threat to U.S.

Rep. Peter King said Sunday that despite unrest in Iraq, Syria is the biggest threat right now to America's national security interests, noting the high number of Americans or those with European passports in Syria who could travel to the U.S. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Issa: Disappearing emails miss core of IRS scandal

Rep. Darrell E. Issa said Sunday that issues about emails disappearing in the Internal Revenue Service scandal are missing the root of the problem — that conservative groups were targeted by the IRS. Published June 29, 2014

FILE - In this Wednesday, June 25, 2014, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington. The Supreme Court on Thursday, June 26, 2014, struck a blow to President Barack Obama's ability to get around political gridlock in Washington by limiting his power to make recess appointments without congressional approval. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Obama: House lawsuit over executive actions a 'stunt'

President Obama refused to apologize Friday morning for his use of executive actions, saying that House Speaker John Boehner shouldn't sue the president for his action when Congress is at a standstill. Published June 27, 2014

Sens. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat, (left) and Dean Heller, Nevada Republican, were working together on a bipartisan bill in last year to restore unemployment benefits that fell one vote short of overcoming a GOP-led filibuster. (Associated Press)

Senators introduce another $10 billion UI extension

After the last effort stalled in the House, senators are again trying to pass an extension to long-term unemployment insurance to help more than 3 million people struggling without the benefits. Published June 24, 2014

Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans', said of a potential cash infusion to the VA: "This is ludicrous. It is impossible for us to even start an intelligent conversation on what we put in legislation when we have numbers that are so grotesquely out of line." (Associated Press)

$50 billion price tag proves a stumbling block in VA bill

House and Senate negotiators met Tuesday to try to hammer out a compromise bill to gain a handle on the reports of problems piling up at the VA, but they immediately began stumbling over the potential $50 billion-a-year price tag. Published June 24, 2014

Lawmakers doubt VA's credibility, transparency on care plan

Lawmakers commended the VA on Monday for taking some actions to improve waiting times, but criticized the department for its lack of transparency about its new initiatives and wondered why it took so long to make seemingly-obvious fixes. Published June 23, 2014

Rep. Paul Cook, R-Calif., right, and Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., members of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, listen as officials from the the Department of Veterans Affairs testify about allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at Veterans Administration hospitals, possibly leading to patient deaths, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

VA resurrects dead vets to make wait list look good

The Phoenix VA facility allegedly edited the records of dead veterans to make it seem like they didn't die while waiting for care, even in recent weeks as the department has been under a microscope. Published June 23, 2014

VA ignored complaints from whistleblowers, did nothing to address problems, report shows

A veteran with serious mental health problems waited more than eight years after being admitted at the Brockton, Massachusetts, VA healthcare facility for a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation — part of a "troubling pattern" of neglect across the country, according to a report released Monday by the Justice Department's Office of Special Counsel. Published June 23, 2014

VA wait list increases, as do referrals to private doctors

Congress wants the VA to speed up veterans' care by using private doctors and clinics, but department officials told lawmakers Wednesday their wait lists data is so bad they couldn't even be sure who has been waiting long enough to be eligible. Published June 18, 2014

Wind picks up snow from the ground as a man waits to take a photograph of a statue dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 8 to 12 inches of snow to Philadelphia and New York City, and more than a foot in Boston. Bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero was forecast. The Katyn Memorial, a 34-feet tall bronze statue of depicting a soldier and created by Polish-American sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, commemorates the massacre of thousands of Polish prisoners by order of Joseph Stalin in April and May 1940 after Soviet Union troops had invaded eastern Poland. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Cold War casualties of communism seek museum on National Mall

With Russia making waves on the world stage and Marxism resurfacing in some academic circles, those who survived communism say it's time to get serious about building a museum to honor the victims of such governments and warn of the dangers of a relapse. Published June 17, 2014

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

House, Senate to begin negotiations on final vets bill

Designees from the House and Senate will begin this week to hammer out differences between the House and Senate legislation to let veterans get health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs, including looking for ways to cover the cost. Published June 17, 2014