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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** 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

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat (Associated Press)

Sen. Dick Durbin: Compromise possible on medical device tax

Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Senate Democrats may be able to compromise on repealing the medical device tax despite the fact that the Senate voted down a House continuing resolution Monday that repealed the tax. Published October 1, 2013

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