Coffman Gets Aurora VA Funding Through House
U.S. Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) successfully passed a $150 million funding deal through the U.S. House of Representatives today to keep the Aurora VA hospital construction going through September 2015.
The bill was passed by unanimous consent in the House.
The legislation will raise the spending authorization cap on the hospital from $900 million to $1.05 billion and transfer $150 million in existing Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) funds to the Aurora project.
The $150 million comes from a variety of sources, from $80 million in green energy projects at the VA to $3 million in delayed construction at VA staff offices.
The bill originated in the U.S. Senate where it was carried by Senator Cory Gardner and joined by Senator Michael Bennet.
"This was a team effort by the Colorado Congressional delegation," said Coffman. "When it comes to supporting the men and women who served this nation, we are united. The VA's mismanagement of this project is inexcusable and we intend on holding those responsible for the mistakes accountable. But our veterans should not suffer for VA's mistakes and I am proud that we were able to keep this project going through September while we develop a long-term solution."