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Jacqueline Klimas

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

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Sloan Gibson, acting secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, speaks about efforts to improve veterans' access to care during a news conference at the John Cochran VA Medical Center in St. Louis, Mo. on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte)

House members question $17 billion VA request

Lawmakers questioned Thursday morning how the Department of Veterans Affairs could ask for more than $17 billion in emergency funding, but only provide a handful of pages to describe how the money would be spent. Published July 24, 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)

McDonald promises to choose hard right over easy wrong at VA

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Tuesday said they were confident VA secretary nominee Robert McDonald would be confirmed, noting that his background as both a member of the military and as a top CEO made him uniquely qualified to lead the department. Published July 22, 2014

If approved by Congress, Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, will inherit a full plate. (Associated Press)

VA secretary nominee faces Senate grilling, full plate if approved

President Obama's choice to be the next secretary of veterans affairs will inherit a bureaucratic nightmare that not only gave rise to the scandal of secret waiting lists at VA hospitals but also left the department facing cost overruns, physician shortages and systemic mismanagement. Published July 21, 2014


Ayotte: Moscow behind plane crash

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, said Friday that she believes investigators will find that Moscow is behind the attack on a Malaysian Air commercial plane. Published July 18, 2014

President Barack Obama salutes as he exits Air Force One as he returns to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, July 17, 2014, after stops in Delaware and New York. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama needs to skip the jokes, show leadership: Rep. King

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Friday that the president needs to be a better world leader in foreign affairs, especially his handling of a Malaysian Airlines being shot down over Ukraine on Thursday. Published July 18, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska. (Associated Press)

Senators offer bipartisan plan for family leave

Lawmakers are working to ensure hourly employees get paid family leave to take care of a child or aging parent through a bipartisan bill introduced this week. Published July 17, 2014

Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Rep. Sean Duffy: Send unaccompanied minors back

Rep. Sean Duffy, Wisconsin Republican, said Tuesday that the unaccompanied minors who crossed the border must be sent back to their home country so more children don't embark on the dangerous journey seeking amnesty. Published July 15, 2014

The seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington is seen here on June 21, 2013. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Vet suicides 'horrible human cost' of VA dysfunction: lawmaker

After two deployments with the Marine Corps left him depressed, anxious and unable to hold a job, Sgt. Clay Hunt appealed his 30 percent disability rating with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA approved his appeal 18 months later, but it was too late. He died five weeks earlier of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Published July 10, 2014