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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

With four days to go before the federal government is due to run out of money, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left), Nevada Democrat, looks at a countdown clock during a Sept. 26, 2013, news conference on Capitol in Washington, where Senate Democratic leaders blamed conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. From left are Reid, Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois, Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, and Charles Schumer of New York, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman. (Associated Press)

Republican infighting over health care flares in Senate as shutdown looms

The Republican rift over Obamacare spilled onto the Senate floor Thursday during an ugly debate in which Sen. Ted Cruz questioned a colleague's knowledge of Senate rules and Sen. Bob Corker retorted that Mr. Cruz was putting his political ambitions ahead of his party and the country. Published September 26, 2013

This image from Senate video show Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking on the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013. Cruz says he will speak until he's no longer able to stand in opposition to President Barack Obama's health care law. Cruz began a lengthy speech urging his colleagues to oppose moving ahead on a bill he supports. The measure would prevent a government shutdown and defund Obamacare. (AP Photo/Senate TV)

As Sen. Ted Cruz gives a long speech, Treasury gets short on funding

The Treasury Department said Wednesday that it has less than a month's worth of room to maneuver before it hits the debt limit, dropping yet another major fiscal deadline in the lap of a Congress already stymied over the annual spending bills. Published September 25, 2013

"The government and those employed by it will face significant fiscal challenges next year, and now is not the time for a federal spending extravaganza," said fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press)

Sequester doesn't cut agencies' year-end spending sprees

Despite the deep budget sequester cuts that have tightened belts across the government, the Coast Guard is in a rush to empty its budget coffers — the annual fourth-quarter push for federal agencies to spend all of their money or risk smaller budgets the next year. Published September 23, 2013

Dem Party chair slams GOP 'heartless' votes

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called for the House Republicans to let go of ideological fights to focus on keeping the economy healthy. Published September 20, 2013

**FILE** Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and GOP leaders talk to reporters following a Republican strategy session at the Capitol on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boehner bashes Obama in mocking video; says Obama will deal with Putin, not GOP

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner tweeted out a video Thursday morning wondering why President Obama is not willing to negotiate with Republicans in Congress on a debt-ceiling deal but was eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to find a political resolution to conflict in Syria. Published September 19, 2013

** FILE ** Under heavy guard: The Washington Navy Yard was closed to all but essential personnel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack that hit office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the military installation. (Associated Press)

Democratic reps call for hearing on Navy Yard shooting

Three members of Congress are calling for a public hearing to look into both how security clearances are awarded and base security following Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 victims and the shooter dead. Published September 19, 2013