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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney & House Members Call for Reconciliation of VA Construction Bills

Jun 30, 2016
Press Release

Washington – Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA-09) led his colleagues Reps. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Mark Takano (CA-41), Michael M. Honda (CA-17), Tony Cárdenas (CA-29), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Derek Kilmer (WA-06), Janice Hahn (CA-44), and Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) in a letter to the leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees, requesting that the differences between H.R. 4590 and S. 2422 – bills to authorize funding for Department of Veterans Affairs construction projects throughout the country – be reconciled and promptly brought before Congress for consideration. The bills include multiple construction projects in California and projects in Washington, Maryland, Missouri, and Kentucky.

Full text of the letter:

June 30, 2016

The Honorable Johnny Isakson                               The Honorable Richard Blumenthal

Chairman                                                               Ranking Member

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs                              Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

United States Senate                                              United States Senate

Washington, D.C. 20510                                        Washington, D.C. 20510 

The Honorable Jeff Miller                                       The Honorable Corrine Brown

Chairman                                                                Ranking Member

Committee on Veterans’ Affairs                               Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

U.S. House of Representatives                                U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515                                         Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Chairmen Isakson and Miller, and Ranking Members Blumenthal and Brown:

The House and Senate have approved legislation – H.R. 4590 and S. 2422 – to authorize funding for numerous Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) construction projects throughout the Nation. Combined, these two measures would help to close access gaps for veterans’ health care. Funding for many of these projects was already appropriated in the Fiscal 2016 Omnibus package, and we hope that an agreement can be reached as soon as possible to reconcile H.R. 4590 and S. 2422 so that our veterans can gain access to the care that they deserve. 

The VA is currently challenged with a growing backlog of construction projects and antiquated infrastructure. The VA manages over 6,000 buildings and nearly 34,000 acres of land. Additionally, more than 4,000 critical infrastructure gaps remain, which is estimated to cost between $56 and $68 billion to close, including $10 billion in activation costs.

The VA provides world-class care to our nation’s veterans, and we must make every effort to ensure they have access to facilities close to home. Funding project upgrades and new facilities will help in providing timely medical care and allowing veterans to be treated in state-of-the-art facilities. Our veterans deserve no less.

Again, we request that differences between H.R. 4590 and S. 2422 are reconciled promptly and brought before Congress for consideration. Thank you for your leadership and for your attention to this important issue.  

Sincerely, 

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Rep. Jerry McNerney                                                Rep. Mark Takano

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

_________________________                               ________________________

Rep. Barbara Lee                                                      Rep. Michael M. Honda

Member of Congress                                                 Member of Congress

_________________________                               ________________________

Rep. Tony Cárdenas                                                  Rep. Janice Hahn

Member of Congress                                                 Member of Congress                                        

_________________________                               _________________________

Rep. Zoe Lofgren                                                      Rep. Mark DeSaulnier

Member of Congress                                                 Member of Congress

_________________________                               ______________________

Rep. Derek Kilmer                                                     Rep. Alan Lowenthal

Member of Congress                                                  Member of Congress

Link to a copy of the letter: http://bit.ly/295T9Cr.

Rep. McNerney recently spoke on the House floor in support of H.R. 4590, a bill to authorize funding for numerous Department of Veterans Affairs construction projects, including the Livermore Realignment Project, a project that is important to veterans in the Central Valley of California and my district. This funding would provide for construction of a 158,000 square foot Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in French Camp, California. 

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.