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Jordain Carney

National Journal Jordain Carney is a defense reporter at National Journal. She previously worked as a staff writer for the Hotline, covering congressional and gubernatorial elections in the South. Jordain graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in English, political science, and journalism.
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VA Reform Bill Clears Senate, Heads to Obama's Desk

July 31, 2014 A bill that reforms the besieged Veterans Affairs health system headed toward the president's desk Thursday, but other veterans legislation remains stubbornly stuck in the halls of Congress. The 91-to-3 vote in the Senate on Thursday comes a day after the proposal got near-unanimous approval in the House. The legislation ...

Will the Syrian Torture Photos Compel Congress to Act?

July 31, 2014 Lawmakers reacted with outrage and horror at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Thursday that featured photos of people who had been starved, tortured, and killed in Syria. But they also seemed at a loss for finding an immediate solution to the crisis. Committee Chairman Ed Royce said the photos ...

Meet the Man Now Responsible for Solving the VA Crisis

July 29, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has a new secretary, with senators voting 97-0 Tuesday to confirm Robert McDonald. The strong bipartisan support for the former Procter & Gamble CEO is hardly a surprise. Senators from both sides of the aisle lavished praise on the nominee throughout his confirmation process. "I am ...

Meet the Man Now Responsible for Solving the VA Crisis

July 29, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department has a new secretary, with senators voting 97-0 Tuesday to confirm Robert McDonald. The strong bipartisan support for the former Procter & Gamble CEO is hardly a surprise. Senators from both sides of the aisle lavished praise on the nominee throughout his confirmation process. "I am ...

Republicans Condemn Bergdahl Swap

July 29, 2014 House Republicans condemned President Obama for failing to notify Congress in advance of the May swap of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban members. But with the House expected to vote this week to allow a lawsuit against the president, multiple Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee said ...

How Long Will Congress Take to Solve the VA's Problems?

July 24, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to hire 10,000 new clinicians—including 1,500 physicians—to help fill gaps and meet what it calls a rising demand. Just one small problem: Lawmakers have to approve the proposal first, and the ongoing scandal has made them skeptical. "If they don't have the ability to accurately ...

How Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?

July 24, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department wants to hire 10,000 new clinicians—including 1,500 physicians—to help fill gaps and meet what it calls a rising demand. Just one small problem: Lawmakers have to approve the proposal first, and the ongoing scandal has made them skeptical. "If they don't have the ability to accurately ...

The VA Is One Step Closer to Getting a New Leader

July 23, 2014 The Veterans Affairs Department could soon have a new leader. The Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to approve Robert McDonald's nomination to be the next secretary. The full Senate could vote next week, with lawmakers hoping to get McDonald confirmed before lawmakers leave town for the August recess. ...

Does the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task?

July 22, 2014 As President Obama's pick to lead the embattled Veterans Affairs Department out of its current crisis, Robert McDonald faces a tall order from the senators who will decide his fate. Members of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee insist that McDonald will need to overhaul the VA at once if he ...

Don't Expect the VA to Improve Overnight

July 16, 2014 For anyone still under the impression that the embattled Veterans Affairs Department will be able to turn itself around quickly, think again. Instead, acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson told members of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday that it would take years for the department to rights its wrongs. ...