Claudia Grisales

Claudia Grisales covers Congress for Stars and Stripes.

She joined Stripes in August 2017, after serving for 16 years as a staff writer for the Austin American-Statesman, the daily newspaper in Austin, Texas. She’s a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She’s also an alum from the University of Texas and the University of Houston.

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Plans to boost military pay, aid to spouses and housing gain traction in Senate

A Senate panel on Thursday advanced the first draft of a $750 billion defense policy package, which includes a proposed 3.1 percent pay raise for servicemembers, new military housing protections and professional licensing opportunities for relocated spouses.

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New congressional caucus to focus on servicewomen, female vets

The still-forming Congressional Servicewomen & Women Veterans Caucus is part of this group’s growing network of influence in national politics that includes efforts to recruit more female veterans to Congress.

Pentagon to shift $1.5 billion in funds to help build US-Mexico border wall

Friday’s move adds to another $1 billion already transferred from Army programs for wall construction and reaches the $2.5 billion in funds called for in the executive order.

Lawmakers, second lady push new military spouse legislation

The Portable Certification of Spouses Act looks to ease obstacles when it comes to relocating small businesses and pursuit of work opportunities despite the daunting number of moves that come with bring part of a military family.

Shanahan, Dunford defend moving carrier and bombers to Gulf to counter Iranian threats

The Pentagon’s two top officials on Wednesday defended a decision to dispatch the USS Abraham Lincoln and a bomber task force to the Persian Gulf over the weekend to counter Iranian threats to U.S. forces in the region.

As Venezuela crisis deepens, military leaders say ‘all options are on the table’

Pentagon leaders on Wednesday delivered a message to House lawmakers that U.S. military intervention is possible in Venezuela as the crisis in the South American country intensifies.