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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

VA wait list increases, as do referrals to private doctors

Congress wants the VA to speed up veterans' care by using private doctors and clinics, but department officials told lawmakers Wednesday their wait lists data is so bad they couldn't even be sure who has been waiting long enough to be eligible. Published June 18, 2014

Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, says he's hopeful the veterans health care bill the Senate passed Wednesday will be reconciled quickly with a similar measure passed unanimously by the House. (Associated press photographs)

House, Senate to begin negotiations on final vets bill

Designees from the House and Senate will begin this week to hammer out differences between the House and Senate legislation to let veterans get health care outside the Department of Veterans Affairs, including looking for ways to cover the cost. Published June 17, 2014

Wind picks up snow from the ground as a man waits to take a photograph of a statue dedicated to the victims of the Katyn massacre in 1940, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, in Jersey City, N.J. The National Weather Service said the storm could bring 8 to 12 inches of snow to Philadelphia and New York City, and more than a foot in Boston. Bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero was forecast. The Katyn Memorial, a 34-feet tall bronze statue of depicting a soldier and created by Polish-American sculptor Andrzej Pitynski, commemorates the massacre of thousands of Polish prisoners by order of Joseph Stalin in April and May 1940 after Soviet Union troops had invaded eastern Poland. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Cold War casualties of communism seek museum on National Mall

With Russia making waves on the world stage and Marxism resurfacing in some academic circles, those who survived communism say it's time to get serious about building a museum to honor the victims of such governments and warn of the dangers of a relapse. Published June 17, 2014

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat

Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard: No air strikes in Iraq

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Hawaii Democrat, said Friday she doesn't even support the U.S. providing limited air strikes that the Iraqi government is asking for to help stabilize a civil war in the country. Published June 13, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Scott Rigell, Virginia Republican (Associated Press)

Bipartisan group of lawmakers criticize Bergdahl trade

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is introducing a resolution saying that the president overstepped his reach in approving the Gitmo detainee trade for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl without consulting Congress. Published June 12, 2014

Stingy Congress finds funds for veterans' health care

Congress has grown increasingly stingy with its spending, but the Senate didn't hesitate this week to bust the budget by tacking on an extra $35 billion to pay for enhanced health treatment for veterans. Published June 12, 2014

Following his defeat in the Virginia primary Tuesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., tells reporters he intends to resign his leadership post at the end of July, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. Cantor lost to tea party challenger David Brat, who campaigned in opposition of loosening immigration laws. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Cantor loss not about immigration, Durbin says

Sen. Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said Thursday that Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary defeat was not because of his stance on immigration reform. Published June 12, 2014

By broadcasting their exact locations every six seconds, smartphones are becoming a convenient means for retailers to market to nearby consumers. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Consumer deals come at price of personal data

Buying flights for your next vacation on your iPhone may cost more than doing the same search on an Android device, according to some privacy analysts. Published June 12, 2014

** FILE ** This May 14, 2014, file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Hillary Clinton's popularity drops, poll shows

While the majority of Americans still have a positive view of Hillary Clinton, her favorability rating has decreased since she served as secretary of state, said a poll released Wednesday. Published June 11, 2014

In this combination of Associated Press photos, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., left, and Dave Brat, right, react after the polls close Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in Richmond, Va. Brat defeated Cantor in the Republican primary. (AP Photo)

Brat: Primary win over Cantor not just about immigration

David Brat, the GOP nominee in Virginia's Seventh District, said Wednesday that his stunning primary upset win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Tuesday was built on more than just differences on immigration reform. Published June 11, 2014