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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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Iran Agreement's Unsettled Timetable Adds to Tensions in Congress

November 26, 2013 Confusion over the actual start date of an interim agreement with Iran is complicating lawmakers' attempts to police negotiations over the country's nuclear program. Policy leaders are still combing through the details of the accord struck with Iran over the weekend that would pause its nuclear enrichment program and provide ...

Senators Duel for Votes on Sex Assault Bill

November 20, 2013 Though senators have had months to think through their position on measures to curb military sexual assaults, more than 20 have shied away from taking public positions -- including major figures such as Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. Some Senate aides say privately they ...

Senator Makes It Personal in Battle Over Military Assaults

November 15, 2013 The fight over legislation to combat military sexual assaults is getting more tense. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the No. 4 Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has long been a leader on sexual assault issues, said she is frustrated that reforms she has championed have not gotten more ...

McCaskill Makes It Personal in Battle Over Military Assaults

November 15, 2013 The fight over legislation to combat military sexual assaults is getting more tense. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the No. 4 Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, who has long been a leader on sexual assault issues, said she is frustrated that reforms she has championed have not gotten more ...

McCain Says He Won't Back Homeland Security Nominee

November 14, 2013 Sen. John McCain switched gears suddenly Wednesday, withdrawing his support for Jeh Johnson’s confirmation for secretary of the Homeland Security Department over a flap about stalled immigration reform. At a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Johnson’s confirmation, McCain, R-Ariz., started out reiterating positive comments he has ...

Gillibrand Builds Support for Military Sex Assault Amendment

November 6, 2013 It's not every day that conservative Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., stand shoulder to shoulder with liberals Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. But they did Wednesday, rallying behind an effort from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to combat military sexual assaults by taking the decision ...

Senator Anticipates Filibuster Threat Over Military Sexual Assault Amendment

November 6, 2013 It's not every day that conservative Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., stand shoulder to shoulder with liberals Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. But they did Wednesday, rallying behind an effort from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., to combat military sexual assaults by taking the decision ...

NSA Surveillance Bill Advances in Senate

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Intelligence Committee approved legislation Thursday aimed at protecting the National Security Agency's controversial domestic-surveillance activities by taking steps to increase transparency and accountability. The bill from Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., seeks to put to rest a growing debate over whether the ...

Budget Conference: A Committee of Two?

October 31, 2013 It's supposed to be a committee of 29 separate voices from the House and Senate. But the early signals from the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan House and Senate budget conference are that it may operate more like a committee of two: Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray. Ryan ...

Senators Begin Scrutinizing Homeland Security Nominee

October 29, 2013 Jeh Johnson, President Obama's pick for Homeland Security secretary, is making the rounds on Capitol Hill this week with senators who will decide the fate of his nomination. Johnson's nomination was formally sent up to Capitol Hill on Monday, and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee plans to ...