07.18.18

Gardner Goes to Senate Floor to Preview Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center Opening

Washington, DC- Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) spoke on the Senate floor earlier today about the opening of the new Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Aurora this weekend. Senator Gardner worked with his colleagues across the aisle along with veterans and leadership organizations for over a decade to make sure this facility for Colorado’s veterans became a reality.  

“This is not the end of a project, but it’s the beginning of a promise to be fulfilled,” said Senator Gardner. “A promise to our veterans, the care that they will receive, a place where they will find healing, where they will find support, where they will find a return to good health. To our men and women in uniform who currently serve, know that you have a place in Colorado that you will find incredible care. To those who have served our country who live in Colorado, know that with great pride we open this facility this weekend.”

 

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View Gardner’s floor remarks here.

While this weekend is a celebration for the medical center in Aurora, Senator Gardner met with the VA Secretary nominee Robert Wilkie earlier this week and emphasized the work that still needs to be done, such as filling open positions and finding qualified personnel to staff hospitals. The long wait times and staffing shortages that occur at many VA hospitals as a result of the lack of staff and lengthy hiring process remains an issue at the VA. In order to help address this, Senator Gardner introduced the Veterans Improved Access and Care Act of 2017. This legislation would require the Secretary of the VA to submit a report detailing a strategy to reduce its lengthy hiring process, and also require the VA to establish a pilot program to accelerate the hiring of medical professionals.

 

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 Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.