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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** David Cicilline (Associated Press)

R.I. lawmaker: U.S. still has work to do in Iraq

Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Democrat, said Thursday that just because the Iraqis trapped on a mountain by a terrorist group don't need to be rescued doesn't mean the United States' job in Iraq is done. Published August 14, 2014

The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House gets only openly transgender staffer

Ben Panico was named a fellow for the LGBT Equality Caucus on Thursday, becoming the only openly transgender person working in the House. Published August 14, 2014

**FILE** Rep. Peter T. King, New York Republican (Associated Press)

New Iraqi prime minister is 'best of the group,' Rep. Peter King says

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Monday that Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's new prime minister, is the "best of the group," but will still face challenges in defeating the Islamic State militant group if he's even allowed to assume the position. Published August 12, 2014

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