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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.

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** 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)

Ryan: Border security No. 1 priority for GOP on immigration

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, said Sunday that because there is no time limit on immigration reform, like there would be on a government shutdown, Republicans will not be forced to compromise with the Senate on a deal that the GOP doesn't agree with. Published February 2, 2014


Democrats urge unemployed to lobby GOP for benefits

Democrats said they are still trying to get those who lost federal unemployment benefits to tell their stories to Republicans in Washington, but the effort has done little to sway GOP lawmakers who say they'll only accept a bill if the new spending is paid for. Published January 30, 2014

President Obama addresses the annual convention of the American Legion at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Minneapolis on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Veterans' groups disappointed in Obama on veteran benefits

While President Obama talked about many initiatives to help veterans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, veterans' groups criticized him Wednesday for not demanding a full repeal of cuts to military retirement benefits. Published January 29, 2014

FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, dairy cows stand near a barn on a farm in Billings, Mo. Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times. The House approved compromise legislation Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, and a Senate vote is expected soon. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Nathan Papes, File)

Massive farm bill gets needed push across the House finish line

House Republican leaders Wednesday needed Democrats to help them push a big bill across the finish line — in this case, the massive farm bill, which spends nearly $1 trillion over the next decade on food stamps and farm subsidies. Published January 29, 2014

An amendment introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, to preserve tight restrictions on Guantanamo detainees was defeated by a vote of 55 to 43 in the Senate. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

No urgency in finding fix for COLA cuts, military leaders say

Military leaders called for a review of the cost-of-living adjustment cuts in last month's budget deal on Tuesday, but said Congress had "ample time" to find a fix, contradicting the urgency being stressed by some lawmakers and many veterans groups. Published January 28, 2014

House negotiators reach agreement on farm bill

House and Senate negotiators said Monday they’ve finally reached an agreement on the long-delayed farm bill, signing a deal that would save $8 billion in the food stamp program and cut $19 billion from farm subsidies — though it preserves both programs. Published January 27, 2014

"I've been doing lots of events and the overwhelming sentiment is that we need to extend emergency unemployment compensation for million of Americans who are still looking for work but can't find it," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat. (associated press)

Democrats fired up for fight for unemployment benefits

Democrats are returning to Washington this week armed with stories from some of the 1.6 million unemployed Americans back home who are desperate to have the federal government resume paying unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless. Published January 26, 2014

** FILE ** This Dec. 11, 2013, image from video provided by WJLA-TV, shows Ryan Loskarn, former chief of staff to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., being escorted from his Washington home by U.S. Postal Inspector police. Loskarn has been found dead in Maryland, just weeks after the former staffer's arrest on child pornography charges. (AP Photo/WJLA-TV)

Former aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander commits suicide in Md. home

Jesse Ryan Loskarn, a former aide to Sen. Lamar Alexander who faced charges for child pornography, was found dead in a Sykesville, Md., home Thursday afternoon, a release from the Carroll County Sheriff's Department said. Published January 24, 2014

"Do what a handful of states have done and have a primary where all voters, members of every party, can vote and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, then enter a runoff," Sen. Charles E. Schumer suggests in his scheme to weaken the tea party. (Associated Press)

Chuck Schumer pushes plan to wipe out tea party

Democrats should push for more open primaries as a way of weakening the tea party movement, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said Thursday, laying out a plan to try to isolate the grass-roots conservative movement that has emerged as a key hurdle to President Obama's agenda over the past three years. Published January 23, 2014

**FILE** Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican (Associated Press)

Sen. David Vitter to run for Louisiana governor in 2015

Sen. David Vitter on Tuesday ended months of speculation and entered the 2015 race for governor of Louisiana, saying the office would give him a more powerful post from which to protect taxpayer dollars. Published January 21, 2014