On June 23, Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) introduced a bill to authorize appropriations for the military activities of the Department of Defense in 2021. The bill allocated $68,340,000 for a naval facility in Bahrain, $26,000,000 for an Air Force facility in Qatar, and $322,500,000 for continued defense activities in Syria, Iraq, and Iran. Specifically, the bill calls for an assessment of how cyber strategy could play into U.S. campaigns in Iran, plans for a timeframe for construction projects in Iraq, a description of how funding will strengthen the U.S.-Iraq relationship, and approval for a number of Qatar-funded construction projects at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The Senate referred the bill to the Committee on Armed Services.
- Sen. Inhofe (R-OK) Introduces S.4049