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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

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. pauses while speakig at a news conference  on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. The Senate blocked a bill that would have stripped senior military commanders of their authority to prosecute rapes and other serious offenses, capping an emotional, nearly yearlong fight over how best to curb sexual assault in the ranks. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Senators turn attention to sex assault on campus

Despite being at odds in the debate on military sex assault, Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri are teaming up to tackle sex assault on college campuses. Published April 4, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pauses while speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, following a Senate Policy Luncheon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Senate breaks filibuster, moves ahead on unemployment insurance bill

Senate Democrats on Wednesday finally broke a GOP-led filibuster that for months had held up a new round of federal benefits for the nation's jobless, leaving Republican leaders steaming as they lost their chance to offer amendments they say would create jobs and reform the welfare system. Published April 2, 2014

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

GM CEO Mary Barra dodges lawmakers' recall questions

A contrite General Motors CEO Mary Barra apologized Tuesday for deaths caused by a major ignition defect in some of its most popular cars, but she had few answers for irate lawmakers who demanded to know why the company waited until this year to issue a recall when the problems had been going on for a decade. Published April 1, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he expects the Senate to pass a jobless-benefits funding bill this week after Monday's agreement on a voice vote to take up the legislation, from which he barred amendments.  "Hopefully, the Republicans in the House will have the soft hearts and strong minds to allow this to pass over there," the Nevada Democrat said afterward. (Associated Press photographs)

Senate clears way for debate of unemployment benefits extension

Senate Democrats are launching their fourth try to extend benefits for the long-term unemployed, signaling just how much political payoff they think the issue offers in an election year — though analysts said it may not be enough to grab the spotlight away from issues like Obamacare. Published March 31, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Frank R. Wolf, Virginia Republican (Associated Press)

Lawmakers worry China will top U.S. in scientific research

As budget constraints limit how much federal funding can go to research and development, lawmakers said Thursday they worried America is losing its edge over international rivals — China in particular. Published March 27, 2014

Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, left, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, arrives at the courthouse with attorney Ellen Brotman, right, for sentencing at Fort Bragg, N.C., Thursday, March 20, 2014.  Sinclair was reprimanded and docked $20,000 in pay Thursday, avoiding jail time in one of the U.S. military's most closely watched courts-martial. (AP Photo/Ellen Ozier)

Battle still rages after general's sexual assault sentencing

Both sides in the military sexual assault debate are finding ammunition in last week's sentencing of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair — one of the highest-profile court-martial cases in military history, and one that shows just how tricky it could be to reduce the assault rate in the ranks and successfully punish offenders. Published March 27, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat (Associated Press)

Senate votes to advance unemployment insurance extension

The Senate voted Thursday to move forward on a bill to renew unemployment insurance, though the plan still faces more votes in the Senate and opposition in the House if it even reaches the lower chamber. Published March 27, 2014

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., and GOP leaders face reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, after a weekly House Republican Conference meeting. The Republicans tied the recent stagnant employment reports to the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic lawmakers.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Few will use Obamacare hardship exemption, analysts say

Republicans this month seized on a new hardship exemption to Obamacare, saying it punches a hole in President Obama's health law — but analysts said they expect relatively few people to actually use it. Published March 23, 2014

**FILE** Margarita Sanchez (front), 72, of Hollywood, Fla., listens during a job search workshop at WorkForce One in Davie, Fla., on Feb. 6, 2014. (Associated Press)

States say new Senate unemployment plan may be unworkable

State unemployment directors said Wednesday that the Senate's bipartisan bill to extend unemployment insurance is unworkable because the five-month extension would expire before many states even got the new program running Published March 19, 2014

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, Illinois Democrat, will be honored by the National Women's History Project later this month. Mrs. Duckworth is know as an advocate for veterans, particularly women and Native Americans. (Associated Press)

Duckworth honored for courage, advocacy, spirit

Rep. Tammy Duckworth was one of the first female Army helicopter pilots to fly combat missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom and, after she lost both legs in a rocket-propelled grenade attack, she began a fight for veterans' rights that's taken her to the halls of Congress. Published March 19, 2014

Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, says the newest proposed unemployment benefits bill is a step in the right direction in getting people long out of the labor force back to work. (Associated Press)

Latest unemployment benefits bill fails to satisfy critics

The new Senate bill to extend unemployment benefits for another five months includes several reforms to the job relief system, but conservative critics say the measure remains a bad trade for Republicans because it doesn't make enough changes to justify the new spending. Published March 17, 2014