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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

Islamic State group members pray at the Tabqa air base in Syria. Public opinion in the U.S. has gradually shifted to favoring military intervention. (associated press)

Americans open to U.S. troops for fighting Islamic State

Americans are increasingly open to putting U.S. troops in combat to stop the Islamic State, according to polling that could boost hawks pushing Congress to approve the broadest grant of force to President Obama to escalate the fight in Iraq and Syria. Published March 2, 2015

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George said the agency needs to do more to protect tax data given to Obamacare exchanges. (Associated Press)

IRS cites funding in failure to answer calls

The IRS answered less than half of all calls from taxpayers in the first six weeks of 2015, and the agency's watchdogs said that won't get better until they get more money to hire more staff. Published February 25, 2015

CBO feted, 'dynamic scoring' issue resurfaces

Lawmakers praised the Congressional Budget Office on the 40th anniversary of its founding on Tuesday, even as some Republicans are trying to drive out the director and change the way the independent office estimates the budgetary impact of legislation. Published February 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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