Wednesday, January 22, 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. 
On Monday, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Penn., the chairman of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, named Mast to lead the subcommittee for the rest of the year.
Rubio joined fellow Republican U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas and Tom Cotton of Arkansas in sending a letter to Trump on Tuesday, calling on the president to “send the worst of the ISIS fighters currently detained in Syria to Guantanamo Bay” and insisting that “doing so would prevent these dangerous terrorists from being released to commit further acts of terror.”
The senators urged the Coast Guard “to implement a comprehensive strategy to procure the necessary fleet of icebreakers to ensure the U.S. is able to defend itself and its allies, and maintain assured access to the Arctic Sea theater.”
“Servicemembers and their families deserve the best possible health care, and it’s up to Congress to make that happen,” said Moulton who is part of the crowded field running for the Democratic presidential nomination.
As we Americans celebrate a long Fourth of July weekend, this is often a time when the nation’s thoughts turn to the members of our military forces who have the responsibility to protect our precious freedoms. For me, this year’s holiday is especially meaningful, as I prepare to be deployed sometime this year in a very different and challenging role: a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
Freshman U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, R-Fla., isn’t happy with how a VA medical center in Lakeland is coming along. 
The congressman showcased his proposal on Friday, noting that veterans in Jacksonville have to travel more than 60 miles to Gainesville and Lake City where the nearest VA hospitals are.