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Stacey Kaper Stacy Kaper covers national security for National Journal. Previously Kaper covered financial services including the 2008 financial crisis and its resulting Wall Street reform law.
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Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration’s Strategy in Iraq

July 24, 2014 In its second day of testimony on Capitol Hill, the Obama administration tried once again to prove it has a handle on the situation in Iraq, where a terrorist uprising has gained key strongholds and driven tens of thousands of refugees to flee across its crumbling borders. At a heated ...

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 ...

Are Budget Battles Slowing Health Care Reforms for Veterans?

July 9, 2014 As lawmakers scramble to push through legislation that aims to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care, veterans' groups hope funding squabbles over the cost of the reforms don't impede veterans' access to medical treatment. The House and Senate are still struggling to push legislation over the finish line ...

$50 Billion Price Tag Holds Up Congressional VA Reform

July 7, 2014 Having so far failed to complete reform legislation intended to ensure veterans don't die waiting for health care, lawmakers return facing significant unfinished business to show voters action before they go home to campaign in August. The House and Senate are under the gun to show a response to reports ...

Remember the Veterans Health Care Crisis?

July 7, 2014 Having so far failed to complete reform legislation intended to ensure veterans don't die waiting for health care, lawmakers return facing significant unfinished business to show voters action before they go home to campaign in August. The House and Senate are under the gun to show a response to reports ...

The One Thing Holding Back Congress From Fixing the VA

June 24, 2014 The House and Senate have agreed it's time for reform of the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they have to agree how to pay for it—and they have to do it quickly. More than two dozen House and Senate lawmakers meet Tuesday to formally begin negotiations aimed at merging the two ...

Big Hurdle for the VA Bill Is Its Price Tag

June 24, 2014 The House and Senate have agreed it's time for reform of the Veterans Affairs Department. Now they have to agree how to pay for it—and they have to do it quickly. More than two dozen House and Senate lawmakers meet Tuesday to formally begin negotiations aimed at merging the two ...

Senate, House Expected to Name Conferees for VA Legislation Wednesday

June 17, 2014 Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders made a plea Tuesday for continued support for legislation intended to stop a rash of preventable deaths of veterans waiting for health care. Taking to the Senate floor, the Vermont independent parroted comments from Republican Sen. John McCain earlier in the day that ...

Half of the Prisoners at Gitmo Have Been Cleared for Release

June 16, 2014 The uproar over President Obama's exchange of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay still reverberates across Capitol Hill, reopening a debate about the fate of prisoners held at the storied prison. But the furor hasn't yet upended the policies that allow detainees to keep ...

Congress May Be Done Fixing the VA for the Year

June 12, 2014 The Senate's passage Wednesday of legislation intended to stop veterans from dying waiting for health care is likely to be Congress's last major reform bill for the year to address failings in veterans' services or clean up the embattled Veterans Affairs Department. The bill, which makes it easier to fire ...