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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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Democrats Want to Reverse $6B Veterans Benefits Cut, Pay for It Later

January 29, 2014 Democrats and Republicans have agreed: They made a horrible mistake when they jointly agreed to slash $6 billion in veterans' benefits as part of December's bipartisan budget deal. But although they've agreed to roll back the cuts, they're still split on how to pay for their repentance without adding to ...

Congressional Intel Leaders Want Little Changed Ahead of Obama Speech

January 16, 2014 Despite a push from Democratic and Republican lawmakers for new reforms of the intelligence community ahead of President Obama's highly anticipated speech Friday, Intelligence Committee leaders in both the House and Senate are signaling little interest in such legislation. Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein and ranking member Saxby Chambliss told ...

Sen. Gillibrand Is Still Optimistic on Military Sexual Assault Reform

January 16, 2014 Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has long projected optimism in her long-shot crusade to overhaul the military's system for addressing sexual assault. But optimism can't change a whip count, and now the New York Democrat is conceding that the initial vote on her bill is unlikely to be successful. Instead, Gillibrand is ...

Why Is Kirsten Gillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill Stalled Out?

January 13, 2014 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is running out of options in her bid to assemble the 60 votes she needs to win her high-profile battle to change the way the military handles sexual assault. The New York Democrat has 53 supporters for her proposal, but that falls seven short of the tally ...

The Next Fight Over Military Sexual Assault Is Already Here

January 6, 2014 The battle over sexual assault in the military is back. When the Senate reconvenes this month, members will immediately dive into a legislative struggle over how the armed services deals with accusations of sexual assault within their own ranks. And as it does, two high-profile Democrats—one a rising star in ...

Obama and Congress Are One Step Closer to Closing Guantanamo Bay's Prison

December 23, 2013 The tide is turning in favor of President Obama's long-suffering bid to shut down Guantanamo Bay. Obama issued an executive order to close the Cuba-based detention facility on the opening days of his presidency. Five years later, it remains open, a sharp reminder of the chasm between the idealism of ...

Defense Bill Clears Key Hurdle in Senate

December 19, 2013 The National Defense Authorization Act passed a key test in a 71-29 Senate vote Wednesday, clearing the measure's path to passage as Congress races to finish the bill before year's end. The annual bill that authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and $80.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, ...

NDAA Clears Key Hurdle, Final Passage Expected This Week

December 18, 2013 The National Defense Authorization Act passed a key test in a 71-29 Senate vote Wednesday, clearing the measure's path to passage as Congress races to finish the bill before year's end. The annual bill that authorizes $552.1 billion in spending for national defense and $80.7 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, ...

Top GOP Senator: Iran Sanctions Bill Coming

December 18, 2013 Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, the lead Republican working on a bipartisan Iran sanctions bill, told reporters Tuesday that he's optimistic the measure will come out soon and that members involved can push it forward. "It's coming," he said Tuesday, after voting on an unrelated budget measure. "I was just ...

Graham Threatens to Block Defense Bill Over Iran Sanctions Vote

December 12, 2013 Lindsey Graham is typically one of the Senate's strongest supporters of the National Defense Authorization Act, but he threatened Wednesday to vote against the bill unless he is assured a vote on Iran sanctions. "My decision about the defense bill will be linked to whether or not we get a ...