Military spouses who work for the federal government could have additional flexibility to work remotely under an amendment to the House’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act, reported. The Senate approved the same language in a standalone vote.

The language comes as more states and the Biden administration look for ways to create job opportunities for spouses who move for a new duty assignment.

“These spouses are qualified, they’re willing to work, they’re kind of captive. And at least speaking for myself, not working as a result of military orders, that had a huge impact on my marriage and my mental health,” Maria Donnelly, an Army spouse who no longer works for the government because of difficulty transferring when her husband changed stations, told

The unemployment rate among military spouses has been around 21% since 2015.

Army photo by Jenn DeHaan