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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at [email protected].

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Ukraine servicemen walk at a front-line position east of Mariupol, Tuesday. President Obama has not ruled out providing defensive weapons, but administration officials offered no clue on when Mr. Obama might make a final decision. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers slam Obama on delay in arming Ukraine

Lawmakers from both parties on Tuesday slammed President Obama's continuing refusal to approve lethal arms for Ukraine, saying Tuesday that U.S. credibility is falling as Russian-backed rebels gain ground in their fight against the former Soviet republic's government. Published March 10, 2015

The Phoenix VA Health Care Center in Phoenix is seen here on April 28, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obama to visit Phoenix VA this week

President Obama will visit the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix on Friday after drawing criticism earlier this year for bypassing the facility on a previous trip. Published March 10, 2015

Rep. Michael T. McCaul, Texas Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Report: Many released from Gitmo will resume fight against U.S.

Some of the suspected terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay will rejoin the fight against the U.S. no matter what conditions the government tries to impose on them, the intelligence community concluded in a report last week that gives Republicans more ammunition to stop President Obama's push to close the U.S. military detention center in Cuba. Published March 8, 2015

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, said it was "outrageous" that Veterans Affairs staff who had manipulated patient wait-time data were awarded bonuses, and that the bonuses should be returned. (Associated Press)

Lawmakers work to end VA disability backlog, increase accountability

Congress says more still needs to be done to reform the Veterans Affairs Department nearly a year after the waiting list scandal was exposed, and despite a bill last summer designed to correct the bureaucratic flaws that led to veterans getting poor care. Published March 5, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter said the government may need to consult private companies in order to reduce cybersecurity threats to the U.S. (Associated Press)

Ashton Carter: DOD must work harder on cybersecurity

Officials at the famously insular Department of Defense said Wednesday they often find it "awkward" to work with other parts of the government, but realize they'll have to try harder if they're going to tackle cross-agency issues such as cybersecurity. Published March 4, 2015

At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

Defense Department pushes for end to sequestration cuts

The administration's repeated claims that America is safer now under President Obama are undermining his own efforts to reach a compromise to undo sequestration budget cuts to the military, lawmakers told top Defense Department officials Tuesday. Published March 3, 2015

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to review the defense authorization request for fiscal 2016 and the future years defense program.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Gen. Martin Dempsey: No slack left to Defense budget

Defense officials pleaded with lawmakers Tuesday to undo the sequestration budget caps, noting that continued cuts will lead to decreased readiness, more casualties of American troops and a lack of confidence among allies around the world. Published March 3, 2015

Islamic State group members pray at the Tabqa air base in Syria. Public opinion in the U.S. has gradually shifted to favoring military intervention. (associated press)

Americans open to U.S. troops for fighting Islamic State

Americans are increasingly open to putting U.S. troops in combat to stop the Islamic State, according to polling that could boost hawks pushing Congress to approve the broadest grant of force to President Obama to escalate the fight in Iraq and Syria. Published March 2, 2015

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George. (Associated Press)

IRS cites funding in failure to answer calls

The IRS answered less than half of all calls from taxpayers in the first six weeks of 2015, and the agency's watchdogs said that won't get better until they get more money to hire more staff. Published February 25, 2015

CBO feted, 'dynamic scoring' issue resurfaces

Lawmakers praised the Congressional Budget Office on the 40th anniversary of its founding on Tuesday, even as some Republicans are trying to drive out the director and change the way the independent office estimates the budgetary impact of legislation. Published February 24, 2015

President Obama has pledged to close the detention facility for terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. (Associated Press)

Obama leaves al Qaeda war resolution intact, keeping Guantanamo open

The push for a new war authorization to fight the Islamic State group does nothing to change the 2001 fight against al Qaeda, leaving the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay open and meaning President Obama's successor could refill the prison he has rapidly been emptying. Published February 17, 2015

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, before the House Veterans' Affairs Committee hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs budget.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

900 employees fired under new VA leadership

VA Secretary Robert McDonald said Sunday that 900 employees at the scandal-plagued agency have lost their jobs under his leadership since July. Published February 15, 2015