is The Texas Tribune’s first reporting fellow in Washington, D.C. She is a junior at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies journalism and government. She is a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program and is learning Arabic through the Arabic Flagship Program. This semester, Claire was chosen as an Archer Fellow, giving her the opportunity to study and intern in Washington. Claire has previously reported and edited for The Daily Texan, UT’s student-run campus newspaper, where she covered the 85th session of the Texas Legislature. Claire loves spending time with her family and listening to the boss, Bruce Springsteen.
All but one of the 38 Texans in Congress are up for re-election next year. Two have already said they are giving up their seats. But many in Washington are bracing for a wave of Congressional retirements in the coming weeks.
Confusion reigned Thursday morning after President Donald Trump offered conflicting statements on the state of a possible deal with Democratic leadership to extend an Obama-era immigration program and beef up border security.
The 38 Texans in Congress aim to take advantage of their delegation's size and seniority to usher large amounts of federal aid and resources to the state following Hurricane Harvey. The Senate approved $15.25 billion in short-term relief Thursday.