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Coffman Bill Pushes to Continue VA Hospital Construction

His legislation would keep construction going for another three weeks.

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Lisa Hagen
May 22, 2015, 7:27 a.m.

Rep. Mike Coff­man (R-06) “in­tro­duced a bill to keep work go­ing at the over-budget, un­der con­struc­tion Au­rora Vet­er­ans Af­fairs hos­pit­al for an­oth­er three weeks.” The bill “will raise the spend­ing au­thor­iz­a­tion cap on the pro­ject to $900 mil­lion,” which “is cur­rently lim­ited to $800 mil­lion. “¦ The spend­ing lim­it is sep­ar­ate from the $730 mil­lion the VA is ask­ing Con­gress to ap­pro­pri­ate to fin­ish the pro­ject.”

Coff­man’s bill passed the House Thursday and if it is not passed in the Sen­ate, “work may stop this Sunday when the pro­ject hits its cur­rent au­thor­iz­a­tion cap.”

Coff­man: “I am greatly re­lieved that we will have more time to ne­go­ti­ate a longer term deal for the Au­rora VA hos­pit­al. The VA ig­nored my warn­ings for two years that the Au­rora hos­pit­al was out-of-con­trol and their re­fus­al to heed my warn­ings has made a bad situ­ation much worse.” (KMGH)

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