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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

Senate moves forward with veterans policy rewrite

The Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with a broad rewrite of American policy toward veterans, but the bill faces a number of hurdles — not least an insistence by the Republican minority that Congress find a new way to pay for the $21 billion in additional spending. Published February 25, 2014

** FILE ** This Jan. 23, 2014, file photo shows House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. in San Antonio. Ryan won't say if he'll run for president in 2016 but there's one job he's sure he doesn't want: Speaker of the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Veterans groups want all COLA cuts repealed, for future warriors too

Fresh off winning a repeal of retirement-pay cuts for current and former military members, veterans groups say they now want to go back and cancel the cuts for future service members too, saying that the budget can be balanced without targeting veterans. Published February 17, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., center, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, meet with reporters to urge passage of legislation to restore unemployment insurance benefits which expired Dec. 28, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Schumer: Start immigration reform after Obama leaves

To combat distrust of President Obama among the GOP caucus, Sen. Chuck Schumer, New York Democrat, suggested passing immigration reform now, but delaying its implementation until Mr. Obama is no longer in office. Published February 13, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Dent. (Screen grab from http://dent.house.gov/)

Fight over COLA cuts suggests difficulty in broader reform

Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, said Wednesday that the fight over repealing cost-of-living adjustment cuts for military retirees included in the 2013 budget deal shows how difficult it will be to make any type of permanent, broad entitlement reform. Published February 12, 2014

"This bill is a step forward but it doesn't go as far as it should," said Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, noting that benefits cuts have been erased for current veterans. He's also written a bill to boost spending for future veterans. (associated press)

Congress reverses military pension cuts

Congress congratulated itself this week after voting to restore full cost-of-living increases for military retirement benefits — but the bipartisan unity showed just how difficult it will be to tackle the major spending challenges that lie ahead. Published February 12, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

Rep. Peter King: Outside security worries at NSA left inside vulnerable

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Wednesday that groups like the National Security Administration were so worried about defending against outside threats, that the lacking internal security allowed Edward Snowden to leak millions of pages of documents. Published February 12, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Claire McCaskill predicts success for Democrats in November

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Monday that she feels good about Democrats' chances of succeeding in the midterm elections this year, despite some Democratic senators up for re-election in primarily red states like Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Published February 11, 2014