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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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The Politics of Process Stalls Veterans Benefits Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie...

The Politics of Process Plague Senate Vets Bill

February 26, 2014 Legislation to help veterans often wins bipartisan support, but a rift between Senate Democrats and Republicans over process—who gets to offer amendments and how many—is threatening an omnibus bill moving through the chamber. Senate Republicans are emerging as skeptics of a Democratic bill sponsored by Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie...

Complicated Vote Sends Simple Message from Congress: Don't Mess With Vets

February 12, 2014 By a 95-3 vote, the Senate on Wednesday approved a House-passed that would unwind $6 billion in cuts to veterans' benefits from last year's budget deal that proved to be a political fiasco for all involved. The conclusion of the congressional battle to unwind the cuts culminates several days of...

Congress Extends Sequester to Pay for Veterans Benefits

February 12, 2014 The Senate overwhelmingly approved a House-passed bill 95 to 3 Wednesday that would unwind $6 billion in cuts to veterans benefits from last year's budget deal that proved to be a political fiasco for all involved. The conclusion of the battle to unwind the cuts in Congress culminates several days...

Senate Republicans in a Box on Veterans Benefits

February 12, 2014 Senate Democrats are determined to get a bill reversing $6 billion in controversial cuts to veterans benefits through the chamber this week without offsetting the cost. Their message: Veterans have “paid in full” their debt to the nation and shouldn’t be used as budget pawns. The effort is in sharp...

House Votes to Repeal Cuts to Vets Benefits, Partially Extend Sequester

February 11, 2014 The House voted 326 to 90 Tuesday to reverse a controversial $6 billion cut in veterans' benefits included in last year's budget deal. The House bill would offset the cost of the legislation by extending the budget sequester for mandatory spending cuts by an additional year. The chamber is almost...

Democrats Set Trap for Republicans on Veterans Benefits

February 7, 2014 The Senate fight over veterans' benefits is about to begin in earnest, and it's about to get ugly. The Senate on Monday will take an initial procedural vote on legislation from Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas that would restore $6 billion in funding to working-age military retirees. The benefits were...

Democrats Set Trap for Republicans on Veterans Benefits

February 7, 2014 The Senate fight over veterans benefits is about to begin in earnest, and it's about to get ugly. The Senate on Monday will take an initial procedural vote on legislation from Democrat Mark Pryor of Arkansas that would restore $6 billion in funding to working-age military retirees. The benefits were...

How Obama Won the War on Iran Sanctions

February 3, 2014 The push for new sanctions on Iran has stalled. The Democrats who bucked President Obama to back the sanctions bill are backpedaling mightily—no longer even pretending they're pushing Harry Reid to hold a vote on the measure. And while there's still plenty of chest-pounding and posturing, the debate's end result...

Don't Be Fooled: Military Benefits Are on the Chopping Block

January 29, 2014 Score one for the veterans groups who demanded Congress go back on its plan to cut $6 billion out of military pensions. The cuts, passed as part of December's budget deal between Sen. Patty Murray and Rep. Paul Ryan, sent members into a tailspin. As veterans groups mobilized en masse...

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