Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Perlmutter, House Authorize Full Funding for VA Hospital

Washington , DC – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-07) joined a bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives to authorize full funding of $800 million for the new VA Medical Center being built at the Anschutz medical campus in Aurora.

Perlmutter stated, “This authorization is a milestone in our journey to project completion. It enables us to meet our moral obligation to our service men and women who defended our freedoms and answered our nation’s call to duty, and it marks a major victory for all who fought for it and the of thousands veterans in Colorado and beyond who will benefit when the doors open at this state-of-the-art VA hospital. This project will be an economic driver for the state and add thousands of good-paying jobs to the region. The success of our collaborative effort among the Colorado delegation to bring this facility to Aurora is proof that working together to fulfill this nation’s promise to our veterans can be accomplished when we work together on a common goal.”

Previously Congress authorized $568.4 million for the construction of a new VA Medical Center. S. 1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2009 included authorization to increase the VA construction project to the full estimated cost of $800 million.

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