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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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"This bill is a step forward but it doesn't go as far as it should," said Sen. Bernard Sanders, Vermont independent, noting that benefits cuts have been erased for current veterans. He's also written a bill to boost spending for future veterans. (associated press)

Congress reverses military pension cuts

Congress congratulated itself this week after voting to restore full cost-of-living increases for military retirement benefits — but the bipartisan unity showed just how difficult it will be to tackle the major spending challenges that lie ahead. Published February 12, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Charlie Dent. (Screen grab from http://dent.house.gov/)

Fight over COLA cuts suggests difficulty in broader reform

Rep. Charlie Dent, Pennsylvania Republican, said Wednesday that the fight over repealing cost-of-living adjustment cuts for military retirees included in the 2013 budget deal shows how difficult it will be to make any type of permanent, broad entitlement reform. Published February 12, 2014

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

Rep. Peter King: Outside security worries at NSA left inside vulnerable

Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, said Wednesday that groups like the National Security Administration were so worried about defending against outside threats, that the lacking internal security allowed Edward Snowden to leak millions of pages of documents. Published February 12, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat. (Associated Press)

Sen. Claire McCaskill predicts success for Democrats in November

Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, said Monday that she feels good about Democrats' chances of succeeding in the midterm elections this year, despite some Democratic senators up for re-election in primarily red states like Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina. Published February 11, 2014

Legislation would put VA in baby business

The number of veterans who have their reproductive organs damaged in combat is growing, leading a top senator to propose legislation that would make fertility care a bigger part of Veterans Affairs hospitals' missions. Published February 9, 2014

Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., leaves following a news conference to discuss unemployment insurance, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Push to extend unemployment benefits fails in Senate

Senate Republicans filibustered the latest effort Thursday to extend federal unemployment benefits, but Democrats fell just one vote shy of winning, leaving them optimistic they will eventually be able to overcome the blockade. Published February 6, 2014

**FILE** Sen. Jack Reed, Rhode Island Democrat (Associated Press)

New CBO forecast complicates fight over unemployment benefits

Even as Democrats this week are pushing for another extension of benefits for the nation's long-term unemployed, a new economic forecast suggests that the jobless rate could remain high for several more years — raising the prospect that the government will have to keep paying out those benefits for longer than many anticipated. Published February 5, 2014

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, a farmer takes advantage of dry weather to till a field in preparation for spring planting near England, Ark. A new farm bill that could become law as soon as next week would require a choice between different subsidy approaches that require producers to suffer losses before they can get payouts.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Senate passes farm bill limiting renegotiations that saved billions

President Obama proved in 2010 that billions of dollars of taxpayer money can be saved by renegotiating federal contracts with private crop insurance agencies, but the new farm bill prohibits the government from doing that in the future. Published February 4, 2014

Sen. Jeff Sessions, Alabama Republican, complained that the farm bill will increase the deficit by $2.1 billion in 2014.

New farm bill survives test vote in Senate, faces criticism

The massive new farm bill survived a test vote in the Senate on Monday, but is coming under heavy attack from critics who say it front-loads spending but withholds most of its promised cuts to agriculture programs and farmer payments until five years from now — after the law would expire. Published February 3, 2014