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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

FILE - This photo taken April 28, 2014 shows the Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix. The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments while employees falsified records to cover up the delays. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

VA official admits not every wait-list death reviewed by investigators

An official for the Department of Veterans Affairs admitted Wednesday that he wasn't able to review the case of every patient on a wait list, opening the door to the possibility that some delays in care could have directly lead to deaths in cases that weren't included in the inspector general's investigation. Published September 17, 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)

Doctor, VA watchdog set to clash at Hill panel hearing

The doctor who helped expose the VA health care scandal will tell Congress on Wednesday that patients did indeed die because they were stuck on secret waiting lists, and will accuse the department's inspector general of trying to cover up the problem. Published September 16, 2014

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald has touted his early success in the department, including hiring 53 more staff in Phoenix, contacting almost 300,000 veterans to get them off wait lists and proposing disciplinary action for three senior executive service employees at the Phoenix facility. (Associated Press)

VA blames workers for wait times, quality issues

Top VA officials on Tuesday blamed employees for the long wait times and poor quality of care that have dogged the department's health care network, telling a Senate hearing that staffers have ignored directives from their superiors to improve performance. Published September 9, 2014

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, speaks at a news conference at the veterans Affairs Department in Washington, Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. McDonald discussed his visits with VA facilities across the country and outline his priorities.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

VA Secretary McDonald promises efficiency, transparency

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald laid out Monday a 90-day plan to increase efficiency and improve care at the department, though many of the efforts echo fixes he's previously announced. Published September 8, 2014

FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. speaking in Chicago. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.  (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez: Playing it safe never leads to justice

Rep. Luis Gutierrez said waiting until after November to address immigration reform may be a smart political move, but isn't the best public policy for the illegal immigrants who will be deported between now and then. Published September 7, 2014

President Obama says Ebola may be a longer-term U.S. threat. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Obama: Ebola not a 'short-term' threat to Americans

President Obama stressed Sunday that while Americans shouldn't be concerned about an Ebola outbreak on U.S. soil in the short-term, intervention is necessary now to make sure it doesn't become a threat in the future. Published September 7, 2014

Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis (right) and Concerned Veterans for America been airing attack ads targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for the conditions of VA facilities in North Carolina, but analysts say the issue will have little impact on the race. (Associated press)

Incumbents slammed on VA scandal

The VA scandal is creeping into some of this year's House and Senate races, with both liberal and conservative advocacy groups accusing incumbents of ignoring the problems that left some veterans struggling to get appointments, trapped on secret wait lists and suffering subpar health care. Published September 3, 2014

Republican candidate for Senate Thom Tillis (right) and Concerned Veterans for America been airing attack ads targeting incumbent Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan for the conditions of VA facilities in North Carolina, but analysts say the issue will have little impact on the race. (Associated press)

VA scandal creeps into congressional races, but little impact expected

The VA scandal is creeping into some of this year's House and Senate races, with both liberal and conservative advocacy groups accusing incumbents of ignoring the problems that left some veterans struggling to get appointments, trapped on secret wait lists and suffering subpar health care. Published September 3, 2014