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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2013, file photo House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, and House Majority Leader Eric Canton of Va., right, leave after a news conference, following a meeting at the Republican National Committee offices on Capitol Hill in Washington. A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the GOP arguably is in worse shape than before, struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings, and watching the party's approval ratings hit record lows. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Senate passes gay-rights bill to prevent workplace discrimination

The Senate passed a bill Thursday that aims to prevent discrimination against gay and transgender employees, though that only sends the measure to the House where Republican leaders have said the bill is not going anywhere. Published November 7, 2013

"My amendment prohibits the government from punishing a religious institution  and thereby seeks to keep the state from interfering in matters of faith," Sen. Rob Portman, Ohio Republican says of the ENDA bill. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Senate adds stronger religious protections to workplace discrimination bill

The Senate added stronger protection for religious organizations Wednesday to a bill that would prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, though religious conservatives called the measure insufficient and its fate in the House remains doubtful. Published November 6, 2013

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2013 file photo, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Senate prepared to push major gay rights legislation past a first, big hurdle Monday as Democrats and a handful of Republicans united behind a bill to prohibit workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File )

Reid 'disappointed' after Boehner nixes gay discrimination vote

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Tuesday that he was “disappointed” that GOP Speaker John A. Boehner would not bring a bill banning discirmination against gays in the workplace, up for a vote in the House, where Mr. Reid said it would pass. Published November 5, 2013

President Barack Obama sits with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during memorial service for former House Speaker Tom S. Foley, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. Foley was a 30-year veteran of the House who died last week at the age of 84. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House pushes for gay rights bill

The Senate on Monday cleared a procedural hurdle on a bill that aims to end workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, setting up a final vote on the measure, which faces an uphill battle in the House. Published November 4, 2013

** FILE ** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes a point on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at a campaign rally in Mount Vernon, Ohio, as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie looks on. (Associated Press)

Mitt Romney: 'They don't come better than Chris Christie'

Mitt Romney pushed back Sunday against talk of any ill will between himself and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, lauding Mr. Christie's record as a Republican in a blue state and saying, "They don't come better than Chris Christie." Published November 3, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Pelosi: Votes are there to pass immigration reform

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn't bring a vote in the Republican-lead House. Published October 29, 2013

Rep. Peter A. DeFazio, Oregon Democrat, complained "the problem is that this Congress has failed to appropriate enough money to keep up with the projects we authorize." He said his amendment will speed up the approval process and help clear the backlog. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

House backs legislation for water projects

The House overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan public works bill Wednesday focused on water infrastructure projects, but the parties split over how to handle the $60 billion backlog of Army Corps of Engineers water projects that have already been approved but not yet funded. Published October 23, 2013

Congress will spend $60 million on a two-year restoration of the Capitol's dome, which will require it be covered in scaffolding. A rendering of the scaffolding system is seen here. (

Capitol Dome to undergo repairs to fix 1,000 cracks

Congress will cover the Capitol's dome in scaffolding in November as part of a two-year restoration to fix more than 1,000 cracks that have developed over the decades, the building's administrators said Tuesday. Published October 22, 2013

The National Zoo's panda cub underwent a physical Oct. 11 while the Panda Cam was dark and there was no news from the zoo. At the time of the exam mid-shutdown, the cub's eyes had partially opened and she was reacting to noises in the panda house. (Smithsonian National Zoo via Associated Press)

Return of 'Panda Cam' engenders great joy at the zoo

For many, the most visible sign that the 16-day government shutdown was over wasn't federal workers back on the job or barriers being removed from national memorials — it was the return of the "Panda Cam." Published October 20, 2013

Lindsey Braden of Arlington, Va., right, gets lunch with with other federal workers who flood the streets for the lunch hour at L'Enfant Plaza on the first day back to work after the government shutdown, Washington, D.C., Thursday, October 17, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Workers happy to return, but 'nonessential' tag stings

A resolution to the federal spending fight saw hundreds of thousands of federal workers return to their jobs Thursday, some of them saying they're still suffering the effects of being told the government could survive without them. Published October 17, 2013