Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California
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McNerney Blasts House Republican Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year 2016 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill

Apr 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. McNerney issued the following statement today regarding the House Republican Appropriations Committee members Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) budget proposal:

“We all agree that the construction issues in Denver are beyond comprehension and completely unacceptable. However, to slash funding in half is a grave disservice to our nation’s veterans. To punish veterans and further delay the care and treatment they need close to home just because of what’s occurred in Denver is inexcusable. I will continue to fight for the veterans in our region and will continue to make every effort possible to get the French Camp facility fully funded as soon as possible.”

This week Republican Members of the House Appropriations Committee reduced funding for VA major construction projects by $582 million.  This threatens care and services, as well as jobs, for veterans throughout the nation. The president’s budget included $1.144 billion in funding for VA major construction projects, including the new community based outpatient clinic in French Camp, CA. The full Appropriations Committee will consider the bill next week before sending it to the House floor, and the Senate Appropriations Committee will take up the issue in the coming months.