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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

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat, complained "the problem is that this Congress has failed to appropriate enough money to keep up with the projects we authorize." He said his amendment will speed up the approval process and help clear the backlog. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

House backs legislation for water projects

The House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan public works bill Wednesday focused on water infrastructure projects, but the parties split over how to handle the $60 billion backlog of Army Corps of Engineers water projects that have already been approved but not yet funded. Published October 23, 2013

Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (

Capitol Dome to undergo repairs to fix 1,000 cracks

Congress will cover the Capitol's dome in scaffolding in November as part of a two-year restoration to fix more than 1,000 cracks that have developed over the decades, the building's administrators said Tuesday. Published October 22, 2013

The National Zoo's panda cub underwent a physical Oct. 11 while the Panda Cam was dark and there was no news from the zoo. At the time of the exam mid-shutdown, the cub's eyes had partially opened and she was reacting to noises in the panda house. (Smithsonian National Zoo via Associated Press)

Return of 'Panda Cam' engenders great joy at the zoo

For many, the most visible sign that the 16-day government shutdown was over wasn't federal workers back on the job or barriers being removed from national memorials — it was the return of the "Panda Cam." Published October 20, 2013

Lindsey Braden of Arlington, Va., right, gets lunch with with other federal workers who flood the streets for the lunch hour at L'Enfant Plaza on the first day back to work after the government shutdown, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 17, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Workers happy to return, but 'nonessential' tag stings

A resolution to the federal spending fight saw hundreds of thousands of federal workers return to their jobs Thursday, some of them saying they're still suffering the effects of being told the government could survive without them. Published October 17, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio stops to greet visitors from Panama City, Fla., guests of Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.  After weeks of ultimatums, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are exploring whether they can end a budget standoff that has triggered a partial government shutdown and edged Washington to the verge of a historic, economy-jarring federal default.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House GOP says it's ready to end shutdown

House Republicans, encouraged by the start of debt negotiations with the White House, said Friday they are also rushing to reopen the government as soon as possible with a "continuing resolution," or "CR." Published October 11, 2013

** FILE ** Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Army Secretary John McHugh, right, watch an Army carry team move a transfer case containing the remains of Pfc. Cody J. Patterson Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. According to the Department of Defense, Patterson, 24, of Philomath, Ore., died Oct. 6, 2013, in Zhari district, Afghanistan of injuries sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Congress clears bill to pay fallen troops' families

Congress approved a bill Thursday that guarantees death benefits for families of service members killed in action during the government shutdown, and President Obama signed it despite the White House having said it already had found a solution and the legislation isn't needed. Published October 10, 2013

**FILE** The F-35 stealth jet. (U.S. Air Force via Associated Press)

Lawmakers ask Pentagon why 5% of Defense workers still on furlough

Rep. Rob Wittman, Virginia Republican, said the legislation states that the Defense Department could determine who provides support to members of the armed services and bring them back to work, yet 5 percent of the workforce is still on furlough. Published October 10, 2013

** FILE ** Democratic Reps. Xavier Becerra (center) of California, Joseph Crowley (left) of New York and Robert E. Andrews of New Jersey address the media after a Democratic caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

House Democrats reject 'supercommittee' talks to end shutdown

House Democrats said Tuesday they would not participate in the supercommitteelike group suggested by House Republicans as a way to negotiate and end the stalemate that has partially shut down the federal government for eight days. Published October 8, 2013

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks about the ongoing budget battle, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, outside his office on Capitol Hill in Washington. President Barack Obama stepped up pressure Tuesday on Boehner to hold votes to reopen the federal government and prevent a potentially disastrous U.S. government default. Obama spoke to reporters at the White House a few hours after calling  Boehner and urging him to drop demands that the votes be tied to Republican demands for dismantling Obama's health care law and cutting federal spending. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Boehner: Obama wants GOP to 'surrender,' then negotiate

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that the president is calling for Republicans to surrender entirely before any negotiations take place — something the GOP says is not an option. Published October 8, 2013

President Obama speaks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Debt-limit holiday, supercommittee proposed to end shutdown impasse

The government shutdown entered its second week Tuesday, and all sides said the pain is deepening — but that fight is being overshadowed quickly by the looming debt battle, which Democrats see as a last chance to try to break the tea party's influence on the GOP. Published October 8, 2013

** FILE ** Acting Internal Revenue Service chief Danny Werfel. (Associated Press)

IRS collecting money but not sending tax refunds during shutdown

The IRS is still collecting taxes during the government shutdown, but it isn't sending refunds — and it also has stopped complying with a subpoena to turn over documents to members of Congress who are investigating the agency's targeting of tea party groups. Published October 2, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks as he stands with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Obama now says Obamacare will bring months of 'glitches'

President Obama said in comments broadcast Tuesday, on the cusp of enrollment in Obamacare's exchanges, that of course there will be "glitches" in the implementation of the health reform — months of glitches, he added. Published October 1, 2013