Florida and Texas Senators file amendment to NDAA bill to assess hurricane damage

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Following the devastating impacts of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to their states, the senators from Florida and Texas filed an amendment to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require the Secretary of Defense to prepare and submit a report to Congress assessing the damage the hurricanes caused to Department of Defense (DOD) assets and installations.

The amendment was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and co-sponsored by Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ted Cruz (R-TX). It will also require DOD to submit a funding request specifically for the hurricane damage found in the assessment.

Florida and Texas are home to dozens of military bases representing every branch of the service, and a number of them were in the areas significantly affected by this summer’s hurricanes.

“Hurricane Irma has inflicted significant damage to Florida’s communities and military installations alike,” said Rubio. “This bipartisan amendment will provide Congress with the information it needs to ensure our national security assets and capabilities are fully repaired in the wake of these storms. Our military bases and assets in Florida are a key part of protecting America, so this measure is critical not only for our state, but also our nation.”

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