The U.S. Senate has approved a last-minute deal to avoid a construction shutdown at a troubled veterans hospital in Aurora.
Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.
Lawmakers have reached a deal to keep construction underway on a troubled Veterans Administration hospital in Aurora.
The deadline for funding to keep the construction of the new VA hospital being built in Aurora going is fast approaching.
The VA says construction on the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital will stop if Congress doesn’t authorize more spending on the project within a week.
Congress has 11 days to approve the higher price tag for the VA hospital in Aurora or construction will stop. Congress and the VA are at a standstill over what the hospital should cost and how it will be paid for.
The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans committees said Thursday the future of an over-budget VA hospital under construction in Denver is unclear because the Veterans Affairs Department hasn’t come up with an acceptable plan for funding it.
Lawmakers from both parties say money from a new health care law will not be used to pay for a half-finished hospital in Aurora that one senator called a “mockery of government contracting.”
U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner asked for more congressional oversight of the construction of Denver’s troubled new veterans hospital on Thursday to ensure it’s completed as soon as possible without wasting tax dollars.
Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Rep. Mike Coffman accused the Veterans Affairs Department on Friday of lying and ignoring clear warnings that its new Denver hospital couldn’t be built within budget or on schedule.