Government Executive - Authors - Stacy Kaper Kaper covers national security for National Journal. Previously Kaper covered financial services including the 2008 financial crisis and its resulting Wall Street reform law.en-usThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:34:07 -0400Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration’s Strategy in Iraq of Congress doubt Iraqi government can root out terrorists.Stacy Kaper, National JournalThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:34:07 -0400 Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert MenendezJacquelyn Martin/APDoes the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task? have a long to-do list for nominee Robert McDonald, expecting him to succeed where his predecessors have failed.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:51:59 -0400 McDonald said that, if confirmed to oversee the department, he would take action on reforms during his first 90 days in office.Associated PressAre Budget Battles Slowing Health Care Reforms for Veterans? is struggling to push legislation over the finish line in response to reports that veterans seeking health care have been left languishing on secret wait lists.Stacy Kaper, National JournalWed, 09 Jul 2014 10:11:22 -0400 user qnrRemember the Veterans Health Care Crisis?'s what Congress needs to do to push reform legislation over the final hump before campaign season hits.Stacy Kaper, National JournalMon, 07 Jul 2014 09:58:09 -0400 sit outside the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, July 3, 2014. Russell Contreras/APBig Hurdle for the VA Bill Is Its Price Tag measures would cost more than originally expected, CBO estimates.Stacy Kaper, National JournalTue, 24 Jun 2014 12:49:24 -0400 York/APSenate, House Expected to Name Conferees for VA Legislation Wednesday chambers have passed bills making it easier to fire VA employees, among other reforms.Stacy Kaper, National JournalTue, 17 Jun 2014 17:33:57 -0400 Gary Blakeley/Shutterstock.comCongress Could Almost Be Done With VA Reform for the Year passes bill making it easier to fire incompetent VA officials and expanding veterans' access to health care.Stacy Kaper, National JournalThu, 12 Jun 2014 09:52:29 -0400 Affairs Department file photoSenate Majority Leader Promises Immediate Action on VA Reforms says the chamber will vote as soon as a bill is ready.Stacy Kaper, National JournalMon, 09 Jun 2014 17:12:42 -0400 Press4 Things Washington Could Do Right Now to Fix the VA of them involve floor speeches or finger-pointing.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 23 May 2014 13:11:45 -0400 Kaster/AP File PhotoThe VA Is a Disgrace. Is Obama to Blame?, Bush, Congress, and presidents going back to JFK all bear some of the responsibility.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalTue, 20 May 2014 09:40:21 -0400 user qnrObama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He? candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 15 May 2014 09:41:49 -0400 Department file photoRyan Budget Calls for Return to Pre-Sequester Defense Spending chairman takes from nondefense to boost defense spending beyond Obama.Stacy Kaper, National JournalTue, 01 Apr 2014 12:59:53 -0400 Department file photoA Tale of Two Budget Wish Lists Pentagon and Congress will have to compete over limited cash.Sara Sorcher, Stacy Kaper, and Jordain Carney, National JournalThu, 20 Mar 2014 15:49:00 -0400 States Army file photoSenators Rekindle Debate After High-Profile Military Sexual-Assault Case Gillibrand and McCaskill both see vindication after charges are dismissed against Army general.Stacy Kaper, National JournalTue, 18 Mar 2014 12:32:00 -0400"We will work harder than ever in the coming year to strengthen our military by taking sexual assaults and other major crimes out of the chain of command," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote.Charles Dharapak/AP file photoAre Veterans Getting the Money They Deserve in Latest Budget? are skeptical that the growing needs of veterans can be met with the amount requested.Stacy Kaper, National JournalThu, 13 Mar 2014 09:58:00 -0400 & Benefits"It's very easy to beat up on the VA," said Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders.J. Scott Applewhite/APDemocratic Senator Blames White House in Failure of Military Sexual-Assault Bill Gillibrand says legislation to strip commanders of their power to decide which sexual-assault cases are prosecuted would have succeeded if President Obama had pushed for it.Stacy Kaper, National JournalFri, 07 Mar 2014 10:36:00 -0500 Dharapak/APGillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill Fails in Senate controversial legislation, which the New York Democrat said she would continue to fight for, would strip commanders of the power to decide which sexual assault cases are prosecuted.Stacy Kaper, National JournalThu, 06 Mar 2014 14:56:00 -0500 Walsh/AP file photoMilitary Groups Brace for Battle Against Higher Health Care Costs expected to stall on benefit cuts in midterm election year.Stacy Kaper, National JournalWed, 05 Mar 2014 10:38:00 -0500 & BenefitsDefense Department file photoThe Politics of Process Plague Senate Vets Bill rift between Democrats and Republicans over amendments is threatening legislation that would reverse an unpopular cut to veterans’ pensions.Stacy Kaper and Michael Catalini, National JournalWed, 26 Feb 2014 10:02:00 -0500 & Benefits“It’s pretty simple,” said Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa. “We don’t understand why the Senate shouldn’t function as it historically has functioned."Susan Walsh/AP file photoCongress Extends Sequester to Pay for Veterans Benefits legislation restores a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment to military retirees' pensions by extending the mandatory sequester cuts an additional year.Stacy Kaper, National JournalWed, 12 Feb 2014 16:02:00 -0500 & BenefitsSen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., said Democrats would rather have passed legislation to reverse the cuts without a payfor.J. Scott Applewhite/AP file photoSenate Republicans in a Box on Veterans Benefits majority is pushing for a bill that repeals cuts to military pensions without offsetting the cost.Stacy Kaper, National JournalWed, 12 Feb 2014 10:07:00 -0500 & Benefits“That’s not an ideal pay-for, in part because it is so distant,” said Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. Jacquelyn Martin/AP House Votes to Repeal Cuts to Vets Benefits, Partially Extend Sequester the $6 billion battle will be largely fought in the Senate.Stacy Kaper, National JournalTue, 11 Feb 2014 15:46:00 -0500 & BenefitsJ. Scott Applewhite/APDemocrats Set Trap for Republicans on Veterans Benefits parties are racing to reverse $6 billion in military retirements cuts, but first they plan to trade plenty of partisan blows.Stacy Kaper and Jordain Carney, National JournalFri, 07 Feb 2014 14:15:00 -0500 & BenefitsSen. Mark Pryor's legislation is expected to come up for its first procedural vote Monday.Jeannie Nuss/APDon't Be Fooled: Military Benefits Are on the Chopping Block if Congress repeals recent cuts, it faces a battle with the Pentagon over compensation reform.Sara Sorcher, Stacy Kaper, and Jordain Carney, National JournalWed, 29 Jan 2014 13:29:30 -0500 McGibney, center, serves in a color guard during a Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. Toby Talbot/APWhy Is Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill Stalled Out? proposal—the stronger of two under consideration—is struggling to get the 60 votes necessary to overcome a filibuster.Stacy Kaper, National JournalMon, 13 Jan 2014 17:01:00 -0500 Dharapak/AP