Crist introduced the “Foreign National Firearms Background Check Enhancement Act” and his office offered some of the rationale behind the proposal.
At the start of the year, Rubio and Klobuchar unveiled the “Supporting Veterans in STEM Careers Act” which, they insist, “would assist veterans re-entering the workforce by directing the National Science Foundation to encourage veterans to study and pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).”
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate joined the U.S. House by passing two bills with $1.4 trillion in appropriations, including $738 billion for defense, as Florida’s two senators joined in passing one but clashed over the other.
Florida Republican U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott joined Republican U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and David Perdue of Georgia and Republican U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby and Democrat U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama in passing the resolution.
Both senators from Florida backed the proposal which includes a 3.1 percent pay raise for the military, sends $1.5 billion to help Tyndall Air Force Base which was damaged by Hurricane Michael in October 2018 and creates the Space Force.
On Monday, the senators joined members of the House of Representatives at an official ceremony at the Mardasson Memorial near Bastogne, Belgium to mark the occasion. Scott also joined his colleagues in introducing a resolution honoring the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, which passed the Senate last week.
Crist voiced his continued concern for the health and safety of military families, including those residing at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, as they suffer from unsafe living conditions in poorly maintained family housing.
Scott said he was open to a classified committee session if needed with federal law enforcement and intelligence services to study the matter.
On Wednesday, the House passed the NDAA on a 377 - 48 vote and is now resolving differences with the U.S. Senate. Every member of the Florida delegation backed the NDAA except for U.S. Rep. Franics Rooney, R-Fla., who did not vote.
Ten officials at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and five vendors were arrested in a fraud scheme based out of South Florida.