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Senate Subcommittee Includes F-35, Battleship Funds in $695B FY 2020 Defense Bill Markup

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee on Tuesday approved a bill through legislative markup to authorize $694.9B in defense spending for fiscal year 2020, The Hill reported. The defense policy bill includes a base budget of $622.5B, $70.7B in overseas contingency operations funds and $1.7B in emergency funds. 

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Sen. Johnny Isakson to Leave Congress at Year’s End

Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., is due to vacate his congressional seat by Dec. 31 after four decades in elected office due to health challenges. Isakson, whose term is supposed to conclude in 2022, became the first Republican in the state of Georgia to be elected for a third term Congress' upper chamber three years ago, His office said Wednesday.

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New Law Mandates Electronic System for Constituent Privacy Release Form Submission

President Trump signed a bipartisan bill into law on Friday to establish a system for constituents to electronically submit a request for assistance on government services and allow congressional offices to contact federal agencies on their behalf through an electronic authorization process. 

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Senate OKs $2.7T Budget Deal With Defense Spending Increase Over Two Years

The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a two-year budget deal to increase defense spending by approximately $45B, Defense News reported Thursday. The $2.7T deal would raise defense funding from spending levels of $716B to $738B in 2020 to $740B in 2021. It also includes an agreement to exclude “poison pill” riders that limit the administration’s ability to direct funds toward the border wall project. 

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