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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

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) at his office on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, May 6, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Calls mounting to oust VA chief Eric Shinseki

The top Republican of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee said Tuesday that the Obama administration's Department of Veterans Affairs is so dysfunctional that it's time to fire Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. Published May 6, 2014

** FILE ** In this March 26, 2014, file photo, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sen. Chuck Schumer: $10.10 is non-negotiable

Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, predicted Monday that lawmakers will compromise to get a deal on minimum wage in the next six months, but that Democrats weren't willing to back down on raising it to $10.10. Published May 5, 2014

FILE - This file June 28, 2013 file photo shows House Oversight Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Speaker John Boehner on Friday declared he’d schedule a vote to create a select committee to investigate the Benghazi attack, escalating a political battle that has raged since the final days of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. A senior Republican aide said Boehner was considering Gowdy to chair the select committee. The aide wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and demanded anonymity. It’s unclear when Boehner will schedule the vote.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Boehner taps rising star to lead Benghazi investigation

Rep. Trey Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor and up-and-coming member of the House GOP, will lead the new select investigative inquiry into the Benghazi attack, Speaker John A. Boehner said Monday. Published May 5, 2014

Though transfers of detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay have picked up in recent years as Congress relaxed some mandates, another defense policy bill and November elections are looming. Analysts say there is little prospect of any more loosening of controls at the detention facility this year. (Associated Press)

Defense bill, midterms likely to stall drive to shutter Guantanamo, again

Transfers from the Guantanamo prison compound — sharply restricted since 2011 by lawmakers worried about detainees returning to the battlefield — have picked up again in recent years as Congress relaxed some mandates and President Obama found ways to send some inmates home. Published May 4, 2014

The statue of George Washington is seen surround by scaffolding after safety netting was installed around the inside the Capitol Rotunda, Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Five layers of safety netting where used as part of a $60 million restoration project of the Capitol dome and is the first major renovation since 1960. (AP Photo)

Rotunda to reopen Thursday with safety netting in place

The Capitol rotunda will open to the public Thursday, complete with 6,000 pounds of safety netting installed over the last two weeks to protect visitors and staff from falling debris during dome renovations. Published April 30, 2014

Dr. Robert Petzel, undersecretary for health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, said that so far there is no proof that any vets that died waiting for care. (Associated Press)

Still no evidence in Phoenix VA facility scandal

Investigators have yet to find evidence of a secret waiting list or patients who died while awaiting care in an ongoing investigation of the VA hospital in Phoenix, a Veterans Affairs official told Congress on Wednesday, contradicting explosive reports last week. Published April 30, 2014

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Capitol rotunda reopening delayed

Visitors to the Capitol this week may be disappointed to find that the rotunda will not reopen Tuesday as scheduled. Published April 29, 2014

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Florida Democrat (Associated Press) **FILE**

Anne Frank tree sapling to grace U.S. Capitol grounds

Between the fear of discovery during the Holocaust and frustrations of hiding for two years in a cramped apartment, Anne Frank gleaned brief moments of hope from a chestnut tree outside her window. Published April 27, 2014