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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

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Tom Coburn puts hold on veterans suicide prevention bill

Sen. Tom Coburn said Friday a bill that veterans groups are trying to get passed before Congress leaves town for the year carries too hefty a price tag for authority that the VA could, in most cases, already exercise. Published December 12, 2014

With the Capitol in the background, Army veteran David Dickerson of Oklahoma City, Okla., right, and Air Force veteran Linda Stanley, from San Diego, Calif., now with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), join others to place 1,892 flags representing veteran and service members who have died by suicide to date in 2014, Thursday, March 27, 2014, on the National Mall in Washington. The event also marked the introduction of The Suicide Prevention for America's Veterans Act by Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont., which calls for greater access to mental health care. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

Active duty suicides increase in 2014: report

More active duty service members have committed suicide in the first half of 2014 than over the same time period last year, according to a Defense Department report released Thursday. Published December 11, 2014

Retiring Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin said he's been disappointed by constant personal attacks on President Obama's foreign policy. (Associated Press)

Carl Levin fears foreign policy to be clouded

Sen. Carl Levin, the chairman of the Armed Services who is retiring at the end of this year, said Wednesday he fears Republicans' animosity toward President Obama will make it impossible to find compromises on critical national security issues over the next two years. Published December 10, 2014

Rep. Jeff Miller, Florida Republican, speaks May 28, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House passes bill to improve military mental health care

The House passed a bill Tuesday to improve mental health care for veterans in honor of a Marine who killed himself after struggling with a slow-moving appeal process at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Published December 9, 2014

Rep. Buck McKeon tearfully says goodbye to Congress

Retiring Rep. Buck McKeon gave a tearful farewell to Congress Thursday ahead of a vote on his final annual defense bill as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Published December 4, 2014

Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Fort Hood shooting victims will soon be eligible to receive Purple Heart

Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. Published December 3, 2014

Senate Permanent subcommittee on Investigations Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, during the subcommittee's hearing: "Caterpillar's Offshore Tax Strategy. Calling Caterpillar Inc., a member of the "corporate profit-shifting club," Levin accused the manufacturing giant Tuesday of employing an aggressive tax strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Carl Levin: Annual defense-policy bill keeps Guantanamo Bay restrictions

Congressional negotiators have reached a deal on the annual defense policy bill, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said Monday evening, adding that he lost his bid to loosen restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison. Published December 1, 2014

VA's contracting office was never told about the ongoing inspector general's investigation when it awarded the contract to Tridec, according to spokeswoman Genevieve Billia. The blanket purchase order award to the company is worth up to $9.2 million, but VA officials haven't yet issued any orders on the contract. (Associated Press)

VA's 5-day firing notice too long for Congress, too short for lawyers

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Congress are battling over whether the VA is firing employees fast enough as part of a major management overhaul, but legal analysts say even the five-day notice the administration has settled on is too short and employees who have been fired could sue to get their jobs back — with taxpayers on the hook for back pay. Published November 30, 2014