03.26.15

Gardner-Coffman Legislation Stops VA Bonuses Until Aurora Hospital Complete

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that he is introducing legislation holding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) responsible for delays and overruns at the VA medical facility in Aurora, Colorado and ensuring that the project has the resources and competent management it needs to be completed.

The VA Hospital Construction, Accountability, and Reform Act, identical to legislation being introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO), would authorize the amount of funding necessary to complete the hospital, transfer construction authority for the project from the VA to the Army Corps of Engineers, provide for an independent review of the project’s mismanagement up until this point, and prohibit the VA from awarding any bonuses until the Aurora facility is fully operational.

“The VA paying out bonuses while veterans go without the care they need is completely unacceptable,” Gardner said. “This legislation would start to hold the VA accountable for their failures while also making sure that this critical facility is, at long last, completed. I’m grateful for Representative Coffman’s leadership on this issue, and I’m eager to work with him to ensure that Colorado veterans get the world-class care that they deserve.”

“The massive VA mismanagement of this hospital is offensive to the veterans it is supposed to serve and offensive to the taxpayers funding the project,” said Coffman, a Marine Corps combat veteran. “My bill will help get the hospital built for the veterans who deserve the care it will provide, while holding the VA accountable for its failures and ensure this never happens again.”

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