Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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. 
This week, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced they were awarding almost $1.25 million to help homeless veterans in South Florida. 
Scott showcased his support for U.S. Sen. John Thune’s, R-SD, “Pay Our Coast Guard Act” which would “ensure all U.S. military members are being paid during the ongoing government shutdown.” The Florida Republican announced earlier this month that he is cosponsoring Thune’s proposal. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is also backing the proposal. 
The oil and natural gas produced by fracking produces petrochemicals to make thousands of household products, clothing, medical equipment and even things like electric cars and solar panels - plus uniforms, equipment and weapons systems for our military.
“Afghan translators are vital allies in our missions in the Middle East,” Waltz said on Tuesday. “These are people who not only stood and fought with us – they died with us protecting the United States.
Demings was part of a group including U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Mary., and U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., which visited Denmark, Hungary and Luxembourg.
U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., introduced the “Department of Veterans Affairs Policy for Medicinal Cannabis Use Act" and the “VA Survey of Cannabis Use Act" with the support of U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla.
“While I was recovering from my injuries, I saw firsthand the important role that dogs play in helping veterans recover from war’s physical and psychological tolls,” Mast said. “For too long, the VA has gotten away with conducting these harmful—sometimes fatal—experiments on dogs. These tests are abusive, waste taxpayer dollars and must be stopped.”