With the FY 2019 defense authorization bill set to be debated on the House floor next week, members are preparing to introduce amendments to the policy bill addressing a range of issues. Florida’s congressional delegation is considering proposing language to extend a moratorium on drilling activity in the eastern Gulf of Mexico that expires in 2022, reports CQ. The effort follows last week’s release of a DOD report concluding that oil and gas drilling in the eastern Gulf is incompatible with the military’s training and testing activities there. “Simply stated, if oil and gas development were to extend east of the [military mission line], without sufficient surface limiting stipulations and/or oil and gas activity restrictions mutually agreed by the DOD and DOI, military flexibility in the region would be lost and test and training activities would be severely affected,” the report stated. Florida officials previously obtained a pledge from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to exclude the state from a plan he announced in January to permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf-waters. … Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) said he would introduce a provision to block the federal government from using excess space at military installations to house minors apprehended crossing the Mexican border if they were forcibly separated from their parents, reports the Hill. Yesterday On Base reported that the Health and Human Services Department will visit four military installations — Fort Bliss, Goodfellow AFB and Dyess AFB in Texas, and Little Rock AFB in Arkansas — over the next week to assess their suitability for housing children.