Monday, August 10, 2020
The bill sent almost $675 billion to the Defense Department, including $606.5 billion in base discretionary funding, $17 billion more than last year. 
This is the first of three expected “minibus” bills House Republicans are expected to take up in the coming weeks in response to the Trump administration’s calls for less spending and criticism of hastily passed omnibus bills. 
The Coast Guard is currently making infrastructure improvements to accommodate to port the ships. They will be involved in battling drugs and search and rescue operations in the area. 
Nelson, Rubio and Dunn wrote U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., the chairman of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, and U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the ranking Democrat on the committee, on the matter. Rubio sits on the committee. 
This week, Wasserman Schultz headed to the Panhandle where she joined U.S. Rep. Neal Dunn, R-Fla., in touring military bases which were devastated by Hurricane Michael back in October. 
“It’s clear Representative Ocasio-Cortez has never dealt with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or relied on them for care. If she had, she would know that their system is in dire need of reform" said Steube.
“Senator Duckworth and I introduced bicameral legislation requiring DOD to review its in-use forms and make any necessary updates to ensure that no racially or ethnically insensitive terminology is in use,” said Hastings.
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. 
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, took to the Senate floor on Thursday to talk about U.S. policy toward Syria and the long-term challenges to U.S. national security in the region following Turkey’s incursion in Northern Syria.
At the start of the week, Scott appeared on Fox News, demanding an end to a program where foreign military personnel train at U.S. military flight schools. The terrorist behind the attack was a lieutenant in the Saudi Arabian Air Force who was training at NAS Pensacola.