Thursday, June 20, 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. 
The Navy estimates that the Minneapolis-Saint Paul will be on the First Coast by the end of July 2019. 
Over the past three decades, more than 140,000 servicemembers and veterans have reported exposure to burn pits and toxic chemicals. 
“The letter encourages the Army Corps to achieve the goal of lowering lake levels prior to wet season by maximizing flexibility elsewhere in the system, including full utilization of dispersed water management projects and other structures south of the lake."
Democrats from the Sunshine State fired back, blaming the White House for not moving quickly enough to help the Panhandle and Puerto Rico. 
On Monday, Rubio wrote U.S. Air Force Sec. Heather Wilson on the matter, urging her to repair Raptors damaged in the storm. 
U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., has teamed up with U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-NY, to bring back the “Veteran Treatment Court Coordination Act" which “would enhance state and local veteran treatment court programs that support the unique needs of veterans who find themselves in the criminal justice system.”
This week, Buchanan pointed to recent reports in USA Today and other outlets that veterans were being harmed at VA nursing homes in more than 20 states.