Wednesday, August 21, 2019
At the end of last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., headed to the First Coast to showcase a small business and meet with the president of the University of North Florida (UNF). 
Despite the damage done to Tyndall Air Force Base by Hurricane Michael in October, a Florida congressman is urging the Air Force to resume F-22 training there on a short term basis.
A prominent leader of the business community in Florida warned this week that expanded energy exploration off the coast of the Sunshine State could impact military bases across the state.
Last month, state Rep. Adam Hattersley, D-Riverview, a veteran and small business owner, announced he was challenging freshman U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla. Hattersley was first elected to the Florida House last year and represents parts of Hillsborough County.
Last week, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Penn., in leading several senators in sending a letter to U.S. Defense Sec. Mark Esper calling for the expansion of the F-35 program. 
On Tuesday, the Trump administration reaffirmed its commitment to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base which was devastated by Hurricane Michael back in October.
With reports that President Donald Trump is strongly considering drawing troops out of Afghanistan before the 2020 elections, a Florida congressman offered a note of caution. 
Vets from the post 9/11 era have even more trouble with the transition to the civilian world than those of the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
One legislator looking to get the bill through in 2020 is state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St Petersburg.
U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is proposing to move the Peace Corps to the U.S. State Department and have its volunteers end activities in rival countries, including China.