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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

** 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

**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

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

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

**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

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

** FILE ** Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)'

VA groups say speed, not spending, key for overhaul

Senate Democrats are rushing to craft a bill to revamp the Veterans Affairs Department in the wake of the burgeoning treatment scandal, but they are running into hurdles from some veterans groups who warn Democrats not to let a long wish list of spending get in the way of quick action. Published June 2, 2014

The St. Louis VA Medical Center has come under scrutiny after the former chief of psychiatry said too many mental health patients must wait for treatment. President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services.
(Associated Press)

Veterans want better management, say more money at VA is not the answer

Within minutes of accepting the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, President Obama and some of his supporters in Congress signaled that their next goal may be a boost in funding for the troubled department's health care services. Published June 1, 2014