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Stacy Kaper

Stacy 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.
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.
Defense

Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration’s Strategy in Iraq

Members of Congress doubt Iraqi government can root out terrorists.

Management

Does the Next VA Secretary Face an Impossible Task?

Senators have a long to-do list for nominee Robert McDonald, expecting him to succeed where his predecessors have failed.

Management

Are Budget Battles Slowing Health Care Reforms for Veterans?

Congress is struggling to push legislation over the finish line in response to reports that veterans seeking health care have been left languishing on secret wait lists.

Oversight

Remember the Veterans Health Care Crisis?

Here's what Congress needs to do to push reform legislation over the final hump before campaign season hits.

Management

Big Hurdle for the VA Bill Is Its Price Tag

Reform measures would cost more than originally expected, CBO estimates.

Oversight

Senate, House Expected to Name Conferees for VA Legislation Wednesday

Both chambers have passed bills making it easier to fire VA employees, among other reforms.

Oversight

Congress Could Almost Be Done With VA Reform for the Year

Senate passes bill making it easier to fire incompetent VA officials and expanding veterans' access to health care.

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Management

4 Things Washington Could Do Right Now to Fix the VA

None of them involve floor speeches or finger-pointing.

Management

The VA Is a Disgrace. Is Obama to Blame?

Obama, Bush, Congress, and presidents going back to JFK all bear some of the responsibility.

Defense

Obama Has Every Reason to Fix the VA. Why Hasn't He?

The candidate made taking care of veterans a pledge and a priority.

Defense

Ryan Budget Calls for Return to Pre-Sequester Defense Spending

Budget chairman takes from nondefense to boost defense spending beyond Obama.

Defense

A Tale of Two Budget Wish Lists

The Pentagon and Congress will have to compete over limited cash.

Defense

Senators Rekindle Debate After High-Profile Military Sexual-Assault Case

Democrats Gillibrand and McCaskill both see vindication after charges are dismissed against Army general.

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Pay & Benefits

Are Veterans Getting the Money They Deserve in Latest Budget?

Lawmakers are skeptical that the growing needs of veterans can be met with the amount requested.

Defense

Democratic Senator Blames White House in Failure of Military Sexual-Assault Bill

Kirsten Gillibrand says legislation to strip commanders of their power to decide which sexual-assault cases are prosecuted would have succeeded if President Obama had pushed for it.

Oversight

Gillibrand's Military Sexual-Assault Bill Fails in Senate

The controversial legislation, which the New York Democrat said she would continue to fight for, would strip commanders of the power to decide which sexual assault cases are prosecuted.

Pay & Benefits

The Politics of Process Plague Senate Vets Bill

A rift between Democrats and Republicans over amendments is threatening legislation that would reverse an unpopular cut to veterans’ pensions.

Pay & Benefits

Congress Extends Sequester to Pay for Veterans Benefits

The legislation restores a 1 percent cost-of-living adjustment to military retirees' pensions by extending the mandatory sequester cuts an additional year.