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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

** FILE ** Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Michigan Democrat. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Congress reports 'great progress' on farm bill

Lawmakers said they made "great progress" toward reaching a farm bill deal in a meeting Wednesday morning as they push toward a final agreement that could be a year-end bright spot for an otherwise unproductive Congress. Published December 4, 2013

John Boehner faces bipartisan pressure to allow gay-rights vote

A bipartisan group of House members said Wednesday they've asked Speaker John A. Boehner to schedule a vote by the end of next year on a gay-rights bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation. Published December 4, 2013

A traveler passes April 30, 2012, through a security check point at Portland International Airport, in Portland, Ore. (Associated Press)

Is airline security fee in budget a tax in disguise?

Congressional Republicans have said they won't accept higher taxes as part of a year-end budget deal, but critics say one option that's still on the table is just a tax increase in disguise. Published November 28, 2013

The 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree, an 88-foot-tall Engelmann spruce from Colville National Forest in Washington state, arrives Monday on Capitol Hill ready to be adorned with more than 5,000 homemade ornaments before it is lit Dec. 3. (Associated Press)

Donations paid for Capitol Christmas Tree's cross-country trip

The Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington on Monday after a cross-country trek from Washington state and, in keeping with the austerity that's constraining federal spending, the trek didn't cost taxpayers a penny. Published November 25, 2013

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., seated at center right, expresses frustration as the seats on the Republican side of the panel remain empty, causing the cancellation of an executive meeting to consider a dozen of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominations, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate is nearing a potential showdown on curbing the power that the Republican minority has to block President Barack Obama's nominations, as majority Democrats edge toward forcing a rewrite of filibuster rules through the chamber require only 51 votes to end filibusters and other delaying tactics. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats trigger 'nuclear option' to eliminate many filibusters

Senate Democrats on Thursday used the so-called "nuclear option" to change the chamber's long-standing rules and eliminate filibusters of presidential nominees, in a move that could further erode whatever cooperative mood was left in Washington. Published November 21, 2013

Jobless, Medicare action nears

Congress may have punted deadlines for a government shutdown and a debt ceiling deal into 2014, but the clock is ticking on two entitlement programs that will expire in December, stripping away benefits for millions of people in the new year if lawmakers don't act. Published November 20, 2013

An amendment introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, to preserve tight restrictions on Guantanamo detainees was defeated by a vote of 55 to 43 in the Senate. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate, House at odds over moving Guantanamo detainees

The Senate voted Monday night to ease restrictions on transferring suspected terrorist detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay to the U.S., overcoming GOP objections and giving President Obama at least a temporary victory on the annual defense policy bill. Published November 19, 2013

**FILE** Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat (Associated Press)

'Huge' differences remain for budget negotiators

Congressional negotiators have about a month to write a compromise federal budget, but it's a difficult task when the starting points — the plans passed earlier this year by House Republicans and Senate Democrats — are $4 trillion apart. Published November 18, 2013

Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent and one of 29 budget negotiators, wants to expand social safety nets and proposes paying for it by taxing stock trades, increasing the estate tax and raising income tax rates for the top 2 percent of earners. (Associated Press)

Sanders lays out plan to raise taxes to pay for expanded entitlements

Even as negotiators struggle to write a final fiscal 2014 budget, one of Congress' most liberal lawmakers laid out his own vision for what the government's priorities should be — complete with big jumps in taxes and social spending and cuts at the Pentagon. Published November 17, 2013


Democrats: Obamacare fix doesn't go far enough

Congressional Democrats largely rallied behind President Obama's shift Thursday to allow some people to keep their existing insurance policies for a year, but many said it still doesn't go far enough to permanently fix the problems with the president's signature national health law. Published November 14, 2013

Congressional Budget Director Doug Elmendorf  talks about the economic outlook while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, before the Congressional Budget Conference. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

CBO director: Short-term budget fix better than nothing

If Congress can't agree on a long-term budget grand bargain, then even a short-term fix is better than nothing, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf told lawmakers on Wednesday. Published November 13, 2013

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, has already ruled out tax increases as negotiators begin their work Wednesday to come up with a new federal budget. There seems to be a willingness among both political parties to revisit the sequester issue. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Negotiators already stake out positions on budget

No tax increases, no major cuts to Social Security or other entitlements, and no big jump in federal spending. As House and Senate negotiators meet Wednesday to try to hammer out a unified 2014 federal budget, what's most striking is how many options they've already ruled out. Published November 12, 2013

** FILE ** This this Oct. 29, 2010, file photo shows Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, in Dubuque, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa lawmaker pushes to give veterans a day off on their day

As Veterans Day arrives, members of Congress have plenty of proposals on how to honor them — including one Iowa Democrat, Rep. Bruce L. Braley, who has written a bill granting many veterans in the private sector the day off. Published November 10, 2013

"My amendment prohibits the government from punishing a religious institution  and thereby seeks to keep the state from interfering in matters of faith," Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican says of the ENDA bill. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate adds stronger religious protections to workplace discrimination bill

The Senate added stronger protection for religious organizations Wednesday to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, though religious conservatives called the measure insufficient and its fate in the House remains doubtful. Published November 6, 2013