is the media relations fellow at The Texas Tribune. She was the Tribune's first reporting fellow in Washington, D.C. and also worked with the Tribune as an investigative reporting fellow. She is a senior 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 minoring in Arabic. During the fall of 2017, Claire was chosen as an Archer Fellow, and had the opportunity to study and intern in Washington. She currently serves as The Daily Texan's news editor, and previously reported on the 85th Texas Legislature for the student-run campus newspaper. Claire loves spending time with her family and listening to the boss, Bruce Springsteen.
A congressional committee voted Wednesday to send to the full U.S. House a bill appropriating $10 billion toward building a border wall, but not before some Texas Democrats found ways to mock the proposal.
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.