Statement on Aurora VA Hospital Financing and Construction Reform Act of 2015

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Washington, DC, January 28, 2015 | comments

Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined the entire Colorado congressional delegation to introduce legislation that would keep the VA project in Aurora moving forward.  The Aurora VA Hospital Financing and Construction Reform Act of 2015 would codify the plan for the Army Corps of Engineers to assume the responsibility as the permanent construction authority to complete the project as well as raise the $800 million spending cap for the project to $1.1 billion.  Increasing the spending cap to $1.1 billion will allow the VA to internally reprogram $300 million of new funds necessary to extend the interim contract currently in place with Kiewit Turner. 

“Our veterans deserve access to top quality health care, and this legislation is critical to ensuring this VA medical center gets built and Rocky Mountain veterans get the care they deserve,” said Rep. Perlmutter. 

In December, the Colorado delegation sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Kiewit Corporation, and Turner Construction, urging immediate negotiations to determine a path forward to continue construction of the VA hospital in Aurora for the veterans of the Rocky Mountain region and the State of Colorado. Work resumed on the project in December after the VA and KT reached a short-term agreement.

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