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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

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. takes questions from reporters about the stunning primary defeat of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va., Thursday, June 12, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. The California Democrat said she’s hopeful that the House can still move on issues like an immigration overhaul, despite concerns that Cantor’s departure could drive House Republicans further to the right, possibly making compromise less likely. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats push bill to repeal Hobby Lobby ruling

Congressional Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday to repeal part of a key religious freedom law and require for-profit companies to pay for their employees' birth control under Obamacare. Published July 9, 2014

In this June 30, 2014, file photo, former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of a Fortune 500 consumer products company, McDonald may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the huge, scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

VA secretary nominee to meet with top veterans lawmaker

Robert McDonald, who the president tapped last week to be the next secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, is scheduled to meet with Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill. Published July 8, 2014

Lawmakers plan bills on VA whistleblower protection

Lawmakers said Tuesday night that they planned to introduce legislation to better protect VA whistleblowers after hearing from employees who faced consequences at work for reporting instances of bad patient care. Published July 8, 2014

Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican was shocked at the Congressional Budget Office's cost estimate to fix the VA, calling it "grotesquely out of line."

VA fix could cost billions

The VA's data on patient wait times is so bad that Congress's official scorekeeper can't even calculate the costs for fixing the agency, and that has become a major hurdle as lawmakers push for a quick fix on Capitol Hill. Published July 3, 2014

Top VA director retires amid whistleblower scandal

The director of the Office of the Medical Inspector at the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has recently come under fire for not taking whistleblower reports seriously, has retired, according to a press release. Published July 2, 2014

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Military pensions could become targets in sex assault convictions

Lawmakers say it's worth considering giving the military power to strip service members of their pensions after Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was acquitted of sex assault but convicted of lesser charges, leading to a sentence some in Congress said was too light for what he was accused of. Published July 2, 2014

** FILE ** President Obama nominated former Procter & Gamble executive and Army veteran Bob McDonald, left, to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary. (Associated Press)

New VA chief must fix agency's tarnished image

Bob McDonald, the man President Obama nominated Monday to take the helm at the VA, will have to fix quickly what some are calling the nation's most corrupt bureaucracy — while being under intense pressure from a public shocked by stories of veterans dying stuck on wait lists awaiting care. Published June 30, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Mike Rogers, Michigan Republican. (Associated Press)

Rogers: Benghazi suspect interrogation should not be rushed

A key House leader with oversight of intelligence issues said Sunday that the FBI needs more than just 10 days to interrogate the suspect in the Benghazi attack since the intelligence he has could be valuable to national security. Published June 29, 2014

** FILE ** House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Issa: Disappearing emails miss core of IRS scandal

Rep. Darrell E. Issa said Sunday that issues about emails disappearing in the Internal Revenue Service scandal are missing the root of the problem — that conservative groups were targeted by the IRS. Published June 29, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

King: Syria biggest threat to U.S.

Rep. Peter King said Sunday that despite unrest in Iraq, Syria is the biggest threat right now to America's national security interests, noting the high number of Americans or those with European passports in Syria who could travel to the U.S. Published June 29, 2014

Despite recent gaffes over her family finances, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton maintains she is committed to the lower and middle classes. (Associated Press)

Former President Bill Clinton: Hillary devoted to workers

Hillary Clinton's lifetime of public activism — not her recent comments on the family's finances — should show Americans that she's in touch with the struggles of the middle class, former President Bill Clinton said on Sunday. Published June 29, 2014

The lawyer of former Internal Revenue Service official Lois G. Lerner said Repbulicans are using the the IRS probe to drum up support among GOP voters. (Associated)

Lerner's lawyer dismisses IRS probe as election year politics

The attorney for former IRS official Lois G. Lerner dismissed the scandal surrounding his client as "convenient" electioneering, accusing Republicans of creating suspicions about disappearing emails to drum up support among the GOP base in an election year. Published June 29, 2014

FILE - This Sept. 22, 2011 file photo shows Robert McDonald, CEO and president of Procter & Gamble, speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. President Barack Obama is selecting the former Procter and Gamble executive as his choice to be secretary of Veterans Affairs, an administration official said Sunday, June 29, 2014. McDonald, 61, is a native of Gary, Ind., who grew up in Chicago. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Obama picks ex-P&G head to lead Veterans Affairs

President Obama intends to nominate a former executive at Procter and Gamble to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, according to top members of Congress on veterans issues. Published June 29, 2014