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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

President Obama has pledged to close the detention facility for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, but a war resolution against the Islamic State could complicate his plans. (Associated Press)

Obama leaves al Qaeda war resolution intact, keeping Guantanamo open

The push for a new war authorization to fight the Islamic State group does nothing to change the 2001 fight against al Qaeda, leaving the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open and meaning President Obama's successor could refill the prison he has rapidly been emptying. Published February 17, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs budget.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

900 employees fired under new VA leadership

VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Sunday that 900 employees at the scandal-plagued agency have lost their jobs under his leadership since July. Published February 15, 2015

Then-CIA Director nominee Leon Panetta  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in this June 9, 2011, file photo. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Panetta: Netanyahu invite splits parties on bipartisan issue

Former Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta says that Congress' invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu without consulting the White House creates another partisan divide over an issue that should bring lawmakers together. Published February 15, 2015

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. Boehner refused to rule out a potential shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because of a congressional impasse over funding. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

Boehner: DHS shutdown would be Democrats' fault

House Speaker John Boehner says he is prepared to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down in just under two weeks because the Democrats would be the ones to blame. Published February 15, 2015

Senate approves bill to restrict Guantanamo transfers

A Senate panel approved a bill Thursday that further restricts the president's ability to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay, sending the debate on closing the military prison to the full Senate. Published February 12, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden listens at left as President Barack Obama speaks about the Islamic State group, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015,  in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Obama asked the U.S. Congress on Wednesday to authorize military force to "degrade and defeat" Islamic State forces in the Middle East without sustained, large-scale U.S. ground combat operations, setting lawmakers on a path toward their first war powers vote in 13 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Obama signs veterans suicide-prevention bill

President Obama signed a bill to improve mental health care for veterans Thursday after Congress unanimously approved the new measures earlier this year. Published February 12, 2015

**FILE** The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

VA added to 'high-risk' agency list: report

Veterans health care joined a list of more than 30 other areas of government deemed "high risk," according to a report released Wednesday. Published February 11, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Nov. 7, 2014. The Veterans Affairs Department says it is creating a single regional framework that divides the sprawling agency into five clearly marked regions. The new framework is part of a larger reorganization that VA leaders say will bring a singular focus on customer service to an agency that serves 22 million veterans. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) **FILE**

VA secretary: 24K vets have used Choice Card

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told lawmakers Wednesday that 24,000 veterans have made appointments for private care since the Choice Card program began last year and asked again for the flexibility to reallocate that money if vets would rather be seen at the VA. Published February 11, 2015

Susan Selke and Richard Selke, parents of Clay Hunt, a Marine Corps combat veteran who died by suicide in March 2011 at the age of 28, is joined by Congressional leaders as they gather for the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. From left to right are House Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., Susan Selke, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Richard Selke, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. The legislation, which now goes to President Obama for his signature, calls for evaluation of existing Veterans Affairs mental health and suicide prevention programs, and expands the reach of these programs for veterans.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Veteran suicide prevention bill approved by Congress, sent to president

Susan Selke, whose son committed suicide after struggling to receive care at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility, said Tuesday was “a day of mixed emotion” as lawmakers signed a bill that will improve mental health care for veterans, sending it to the president to become law this week. Published February 10, 2015

**FILE** The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

N.H. senators push for permanent Choice Cards for some vets

Both New Hampshire senators said Friday that they introduced a bill to make the Choice Card permanent in states with no full-service Veterans Affairs hospital in response to the president's plan to cut from the program. Published February 6, 2015