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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 - In this Oct. 9, 2013, file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says a leadership change may help resolve what he calls "dysfunction" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, following allegations of corruption and avoidable deaths at the veterans' hospital in Phoenix. McConnell says the tenure of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is "embarrassing" and that the agency is in "a stunning period of dysfunction." McConnell isn't calling for Shinseki to step down, but says a change in leadership "might be a good thing."(AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

Iraq, Afghan vets demand answers from VA

Lawmakers need to get to bottom of what happened at the Phoenix VA health facility to make sure other Veterans Affairs facilities aren't “cooking the books,” said Paul Rieckhoff, co-founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Published May 8, 2014

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

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