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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

U.S. Congressman Mike Michaud, candidate for governor in Maine, speaks at the Maine Democratic Convention in Bangor, Maine, Saturday,  May 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael C. York)

Government disability payments skyrocketing despite fewer veterans

Even though there are fewer veterans now than a decade ago, the government is paying nearly three times as much in disability payments as it did then, according to a budget analysis that says the war on terrorism has left troops more severely injured than previous conflicts did. Published August 10, 2014

Majority Whip Richard Durbin, Illinois Democrat, said that the U.S. cannot become more involved with the crisis in Iraq by putting troops on the ground. (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

Rep. Peter King: Obama's actions in Iraq are "shameful"

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Sunday that the president's unwillingness to get more involved when the militant group is a direct threat to the U.S. is "a shameful abdication of American leadership." Published August 10, 2014

Obama signs VA bill to open outside care to veterans

President Obama opened up private care to veterans waiting too long for an appointment at VA facilities, signing the VA reform bill Thursday morning in a ceremony at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Published August 7, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald of Ohio testifies before a Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee hearings to examine his nomination to be Secretary of Veterans Affairs on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.  (AP Photo)

Looming private health insurance deadline a challenge for troubled VA

President Obama will sign a bill this week to begin reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, kicking off a scramble as the troubled department tries to meet the 90-day deadline Congress set for getting a private health care option up and running. Published August 4, 2014

Rep. Jeff Miller: 'Ain't no leash for VA'

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, said Wednesday that he'll spend his August recess checking up on VA hospitals around the country. Published July 30, 2014

Newly confirmed Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald was greeted with a lawsuit over the VA's treatment of sexual assault victims. (Associated Press)

Lawsuit over military sex assault treatment greets new VA chief

As if rebuilding a scandal-plagued department weren't enough, former Fortune 500 executive and newly-confirmed Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will have another issue on his plate: a lawsuit on the VA's treatment of military sexual assault victims. Published July 29, 2014

FILE - This July 22, 2014 file photo shows Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays. The action comes as the Senate is set to vote Tuesday to confirm former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald as the new VA secretary, replacing Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson.  (AP Photo)

McDonald confirmed as VA secretary

The Senate unanimously confirmed Robert McDonald to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary on Tuesday afternoon. Published July 29, 2014

** FILE ** Islamist fighters battle near Tripoli International Airport. (Associated Press)

Libya now nation at risk with weak U.S. influence; embassy closes as chaos grows

With violence spreading across Libya and the U.S. Embassy closing in Tripoli, Republican lawmakers over the weekend blasted the Obama administration for failing to stop yet another troubled Middle Eastern nation from descending into complete chaos, and even some Democrats conceded that America's influence in the world has waned considerably. Published July 27, 2014