Gardner Secures Funding for Denver VA Hospital

Washington, DC – Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) announced today that the Senate has adopted legislation he offered which would fund construction of the Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital in Denver through the end of the fiscal year. The legislation would raise the authorization cap for the hospital by the necessary $150 million, and direct the VA to provide that money from already-existing sources.

“This is a positive step, but it’s far from the last step,” Gardner said. “A work stoppage would only end up costing taxpayers more while further delaying the completion of this facility. I’d like to thank Chairman Isakson and the rest of my Senate colleagues for their support of this measure, and I will continue to work towards permanent solutions that get this hospital built and hold those responsible for the delays and cost overruns responsible. Veterans deserve that.”

“From the very beginning, this project has been about making sure Colorado veterans get the care they deserve,” said Johnny Isakson, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “I’m proud to join Sen. Gardner in introducing legislation that will allow construction to continue and give the Department of Veterans Affairs ample time to get its act together and develop a workable plan to finish the project. Congress has now done everything that it can to ensure the continuation of this project. The VA and the administration must now clean up the mess they’ve made. I urge Secretary McDonald and President Obama to finally take responsibility for this deeply flawed project and develop a workable plan to get the job done once and for all.”