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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

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

**FILE** Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, is seen Sept. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

Democrats strategizing after Eric Cantor's primary defeat

Rep. Steve Israel, New York Democrat, said Wednesday that Democrats are trying to decide whether or not to fund the party's challenger to David Brat, who ousted Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Virginia's 7th District GOP primary. Published June 11, 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)

Senate OKs bill allowing vets to bypass VA's long waits

Moving with new alacrity, senators on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would let veterans seek health care outside the VA if faced with long wait times and would give the department secretary more flexibility to fire senior executives, as lawmakers try to enforce accountability. Published June 11, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, before signing H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014, and H.R. 1726 to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the 65th Infantry Regiment, know as the Borinqueneers. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Obama approval rating unaffected by VA scandal, Berghdal: poll

The president's job approval rating remained constant through May and the first week of June, despite the administration being under scrutiny for the wait list scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five Guantanamo detainees. Published June 10, 2014

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla. is joined by Republican members and veterans in calling for reforms in the wake of allegations of gross mismanagement and misconduct at Veterans Administration hospitals possibly leading to patient deaths, Thursday, May 29, 2014, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Earlier, House Speaker John Boehner said he isn't ready to join other members of Congress who say Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki should resign over the scandal. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

House vets chair: Senate plan is 'nothing new'

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, said Monday that the recent Senate plan to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs is something the House has been supporting for months. Published June 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, has his own bill, but it would make broader changes such as expanded access to alternative medicine and changes to GI Bill benefits. (Associated Press)

Senators announce bipartisan bill to reduce VA wait times

Senators announced a bipartisan bill Thursday that would let veterans seek care at a doctor of their choice if long wait times or far distances prevented them from attending a Veterans Affairs facility. Published June 5, 2014

**FILE** Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2014, during the committee's hearing to examine the state of Veterans Affairs health care. (Associated Press)

Sanders, McCain meet to work on vets agreement

While there's no bipartisan agreement yet, Sen. Bernard Sanders said Wednesday that both Democrats and Republicans have the same goal: getting veterans care as soon as possible. Published June 4, 2014

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks at the kick-off ceremony of a private-public partnership at the Paso del Norte Port of Entry in El Paso, Texas, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Customs and Borders Protection is launching a pilot program in which public and private entities are allowed to give money to the federal agency to pay for infrastructure and staffing in order to cut traveler wait times at ports of entry. (AP Photo/Juan Carlos Llorca)

Mental health delays at VA system five times longer than reported

Veterans seeking mental health care through the El Paso VA system were forced to wait more than two months just to get an appointment, a delay five times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department's official estimates, according to a study released Wednesday by a congressman from Texas. Published June 4, 2014

Sen. John McCain said Sunday morning that he had serious concerns about the decision to release five Afghan prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, for fear they are responsible for thousands of deaths. (CBS News)

GOP senators unveil 'choice' plan for VA patients

Republican senators announced Tuesday a plan to give each patient at the VA a "choice card" that would allow him or her to seek care outside the VA system in certain circumstances. Published June 3, 2014