House Authorizes Spending and Fully Funds Construction of VA Medical Facility, Passes Clean CR

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Washington, DC, September 30, 2015 | comments

U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) released the following statement after the passage of S. 2082, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act to fully authorize $1.675 billion for the Denver VA medical Center, and H.R. 719, the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2016 which included appropriations transfer authority for the VA to use existing funding on the Denver project.  These two bills will ensure the Army Corps of Engineers and Kiewit Turner can sign a permanent contract to complete the facility and move forward with this project without further delay.

“For years, one of my biggest priorities has been ensuring the Denver VA medical center is built for our Veterans. There is no doubt the VA mismanaged this project from the start. And as disappointing and unacceptable as this situation has been, we are where we are.  I am pleased Congress is finally doing its part to finish this project by lifting the spending cap and securing the full remaining balance to complete this world-class medical facility for Rocky Mountain Veterans."

"I appreciate the hard work of our Colorado delegation to help ensure this medical facility is completed, and we will continue to work together to ensure the doors open to serve our Veterans as quickly as possible."

“Additionally, I’m pleased Congress voted to fund the government while not taking vital funding away from Planned Parenthood. Today’s vote, however, sets us up for another confrontation in December. The disarray within the Republican party led to the government shutdown in October 2013 and continues to hold back our economy. It’s my hope we can avoid a dramatic and prolonged debate over these next few months and instead work together to pass a long-term highway transportation bill and pass a budget that continues to invest in Colorado and America.”

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U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter represents Colorado’s 7th Congressional District.  In the 114th Congress, Rep. Perlmutter serves on the House Financial Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee

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