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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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Congress Could Almost Be Done With VA Reform 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...

Senate Majority Leader Promises Immediate Action on VA Reforms

June 9, 2014 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid vowed Monday to take action imminently on expected reforms to the Veterans Affairs Department. The legislation, which was agreed to in principle last week, is still being drafted by Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Arizona Republican John McCain. But Reid promised...

4 Things Washington Could Do Right Now to Fix the VA

May 23, 2014 The worst news: A government bureaucracy is standing between veterans and their health care, and veterans are dying because of it. The bad news: Washington has already tried, and is now retrying, its typical responses to a crisis, and they're not working. Money has been thrown at the problem and...

4 Things Washington Could Do Right Now to Fix the VA

May 23, 2014 Part Three in a series on Veterans Affairs. Read Part One here and Part Two here. The worst news: A government bureaucracy is standing between veterans and their health care, and veterans are dying because of it. The bad news: Washington has already tried, and is now retrying, its typical...

Is Obama to Blame for Failures at the VA?

May 20, 2014 Failure is an orphan—and there are few failures more toxic than those of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency, ostensibly created to help veterans heal from the wounds of war, is plagued by a backlog of claims from soldiers seeking help, leaving them to wait months or even years...

The VA Is a Disgrace. Is Obama to Blame?

May 20, 2014 Part Two in a National Journal series on Veterans Affairs. Read Part One here. Failure is an orphan—and there are few failures more toxic than those of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The agency, ostensibly created to help veterans heal from the wounds of war, is plagued by a backlog...

Why Obama Is Just the Latest President Unable to Fix the VA

May 15, 2014 The failures of the Veterans Affairs Department are a moral abomination: They leave soldiers wounded at war to wait in long lines for the payments they need to fund their care. And VA failures are under new scrutiny amid reports of a string of preventable deaths among veterans and a...

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

May 15, 2014 Part One in a National Journal series on the Veterans Affairs Department. The failure of the Veterans Affairs Department to quickly compensate veterans for their disabilities is a moral abomination: It leaves soldiers wounded by war waiting in long lines for payments they need and believe they have earned. And...

Rep. King Makes His Case for House Intel Committee Chairman

April 13, 2014 Rep. Pete King is already auditioning to be the GOP mouthpiece on the need to protect the embattled National Security Agency and remain vigilant against Islamic extremism—stances that are central to his bid to succeed retiring Rep. Mike Rogers as House Intelligence Committee Chairman. The New York Republican, who formerly...

Ryan Budget Calls for Return to Pre-Sequester Defense Spending

April 1, 2014 House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan laid out a budget vision Tuesday that goes beyond President Obama's request by ramping up defense spending beyond the caps in 2016 and restoring them by 2017. Ryan does this by taking from the nondefense side of the ledger and still reducing overall federal...

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