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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

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani waves from a golf cart as he rides to a meeting at the Camp David Presidential retreat, Monday, March 23, 2015, in Camp David, Md. The pace of U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan will headline Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's visit to Washington, yet America's exit from the war remains tightly hinged to the abilities of the Afghan forces that face a tough fight against insurgents this spring. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Afghan president unlikely to sway Obama on troop drawdown

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will visit the White House on Tuesday to make the case for keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but analysts say the president is unlikely to budge on ending U.S. involvement in 2016. Published March 23, 2015

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James speaks to the Associated Press during an interview at the Pentagon on July 11, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sequestration cuts put American lives in danger, military chiefs say

Military service chiefs warned Tuesday that American lives will be at greater risk if lawmakers refuse to lift the sequestration cuts set to take full effect in fiscal 2016, reiterating concerns that top defense lawmakers say they already take seriously. Published March 17, 2015

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this June 11, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Mac Thornberry: Members have 'moved past' Obama's AUMF

The head of the House Armed Services Committee said Monday that many in Congress have already given up on the president's proposal to fight the Islamic State and are ready to start from scratch on their own war authorization. Published March 16, 2015

VA refusing to comply with Congress on transparency, reforms, lawmakers say

Lawmakers slammed the Veterans Affairs Department on Monday night for refusing to comply with Congressional requests, saying that the department needs to be more open to committee oversight if it ever hopes to regain trust among members and veterans after last year's wait-list scandal. Published March 16, 2015

President Obama met with Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Friday at the Phoenix VA Medical Center. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

VA makes little progress in a year; Congress schedules prime-time hearing

The troubled VA is still struggling to find its footing and even get a grip on the problems, a congressional committee will hear Monday in a prime-time hearing as lawmakers take stock of the department nearly a year after whistleblowers exposed bureaucratic bungling and veterans dying while waiting for care. Published March 15, 2015

The Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix is seen here on April 28, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama to visit Phoenix VA this week

President Obama will visit the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix on Friday after drawing criticism earlier this year for bypassing the facility on a previous trip. Published March 10, 2015

Ukraine servicemen walk at a front-line position east of Mariupol, Tuesday. President Obama has not ruled out providing defensive weapons, but administration officials offered no clue on when Mr. Obama might make a final decision. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers slam Obama on delay in arming Ukraine

Lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday slammed President Obama's continuing refusal to approve lethal arms for Ukraine, saying Tuesday that U.S. credibility is falling as Russian-backed rebels gain ground in their fight against the former Soviet republic's government. Published March 10, 2015