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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

"The government and those employed by it will face significant fiscal challenges next year, and now is not the time for a federal spending extravaganza," said fiscal hawk Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press)

Sequester doesn't cut agencies' year-end spending sprees

Despite the deep budget sequester cuts that have tightened belts across the government, the Coast Guard is in a rush to empty its budget coffers — the annual fourth-quarter push for federal agencies to spend all of their money or risk smaller budgets the next year. Published September 23, 2013

Dem Party chair slams GOP 'heartless' votes

Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, called for the House Republicans to let go of ideological fights to focus on keeping the economy healthy. Published September 20, 2013

**FILE** Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, and GOP leaders talk to reporters following a Republican strategy session at the Capitol on Sept. 10, 2013. (Associated Press)

Boehner bashes Obama in mocking video; says Obama will deal with Putin, not GOP

Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner tweeted out a video Thursday morning wondering why President Obama is not willing to negotiate with Republicans in Congress on a debt-ceiling deal but was eager to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin to find a political resolution to conflict in Syria. Published September 19, 2013

** FILE ** Under heavy guard: The Washington Navy Yard was closed to all but essential personnel on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, the day after a gunman launched an attack that hit office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the military installation. (Associated Press)

Democratic reps call for hearing on Navy Yard shooting

Three members of Congress are calling for a public hearing to look into both how security clearances are awarded and base security following Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 12 victims and the shooter dead. Published September 19, 2013

This booking photo provided by the Fort Worth Police Department shows Aaron Alexis, arrested in September 2010, on suspicion of discharging a firearm in the city limits. The FBI has identified Alexis, 34, as the gunman in the Sept. 16, 2013 shooting rampage at at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington that left thirteen dead, including himself. (Associated Press/Fort Worth Police Department)

Former FBI official: Important to find out if Aaron Alexis worked alone

In the coming days and weeks, the FBI will interview friends and family of Navy Yard assailant Aaron Alexis to determine a motive behind Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard and to make sure the killer had no plans for more attacks in the future. Published September 17, 2013

District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier (center), flanked by D.C. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (left) and Mayor Vincent Gray, briefs reporters on the shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington on Sept. 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

Del. Norton seeks special panel on military base security

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton said Tuesday she is asking President Obama to appoint a special panel to look at security on military bases, a day after the deadly rampage that killed more than a dozen at Washington's Navy Yard. Published September 17, 2013

Aaron Alexis, identified by FBI as the Navy Shipyard shooter.

DeKalb, Ga., police chief: Focus on mental health

In the wake of a shooting at the Navy Yard on Monday that left 12 employees dead, Police Chief Cedric Alexander, from the DeKalb, Ga., County police department, said it's important to shift the conversation back to the role mental health plays in many of these mass shootings. Published September 17, 2013