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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

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald (Associated Press)

VA secretary says helping vets is personal mission

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Sunday that he feels a personal commitment to provide the best care to veterans in the VA since many jumped out of airplanes alongside him during his time in the Army. Published November 10, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald (Associated Press)

VA’s bureaucratic reforms may not be enough to satisfy vets

The Veterans Affairs Department announced a bureaucratic reshuffling Monday that Secretary Robert McDonald said will make it easier for veterans to get the care they need, but veterans advocates are still waiting for the mass firings they think the troubled department needs. Published November 10, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald answers questions Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/The Tampa Bay Times, James Borchuck)

VA secretary: Law didn't specify deadline for Choice program

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said Thursday that the law didn't specify when Choice Cards needed to be sent to veterans, despite criticism from some veterans groups that the department missed the 90 day deadline. Published November 6, 2014

Congress had said the VA's ability to send out the cards on time was a key test for the Obama administration and Secretary Bob McDonald (above), whom the president tapped to replace Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. (Associated Press)

VA fails first scandal reform, misses deadline for choice cards

The VA admitted Wednesday that it will miss a deadline to get veterans their new Choice health cards, failing on the first key test Congress gave the troubled department and new Secretary Bob McDonald in the wake of the wait list scandal. Published November 5, 2014

Republican Mia Love celebrates with her father, Jean Maxime Bourdeau, after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District during the Utah State GOP election night watch party, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Love becomes first black female Republican elected to Congress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

New, diverse faces reshape GOP's image

From the first female black Republican ever elected to Congress to the first woman combat veteran to serve in the Senate, voters Tuesday injected a wave of fresh faces into American politics, helping to soften the GOP's image as the party of cranky old white men, and anointing a galaxy of new political stars likely to have an immediate impact in Washington. Published November 5, 2014

Republican Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts talks to supporters at the Johnson County Republican headquarters, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan. Incumbent Roberts is locked in a tough contest with independent candidate Greg Orman in Tuesday's midterm election. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas' Pat Roberts wins fourth term in Senate

Sen. Pat Roberts won a fourth-term Tuesday night in Kansas, defeating independent businessman Greg Orman in a night overwhelmingly dominated by the GOP. Published November 4, 2014

Voters head to the polls at Benton Harbor High School on Election Day Tuesday, November 4, 2014, in Benton Harbor, Mich.(AP Photo/The Herald-Palladium, Don Campbell)

DCCC chair: Close races a success for Dem

A top Democrat said the fact that so many races are too close to call Tuesday night is a testament to the Democrats hard work to drive grassroots supporters to the polls. Published November 4, 2014

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 13, 2014. The top Democrat in the Republican-controlled House responded to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and her fight with the CIA this week, calling her courageous. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi admits: 'It's a difficult night'

Top Democrats acknowledged Tuesday night that it will be a difficult night for the party, but said they would continue to knock on doors and make phone calls until the final polls close. Published November 4, 2014

Greg Orman, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign stop at the National Center for Aviation Training, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Wichita, Kan. Orman is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

Anti-incumbent mood in Kansas could sway Senate control

Sen. Pat Roberts' efforts to link his opponent to the president haven't been enough to overcome anti-incumbent sentiment in Kansas, leaving him in a tight race with independent Greg Orman that could blunt the Republican Party's election night momentum. Published October 30, 2014

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Senators move to block U.S. benefits to ex-Nazis

Members of Congress rushed Thursday to announce legislation to close a loophole that has allowed Nazi war-crime suspects to collect millions of dollars in Social Security benefits. Published October 23, 2014