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Apr 30, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Jerry McNerney (D-Stockton) today authored a letter to the Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jon Tester (D-MT), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Subcommittee, requesting that the Senate fund the VA’s Livermore Realignment Project in French Camp.

“Funding for French Camp is long overdue,” said Rep. Denham. “Central Valley veterans have waited far too long for construction to begin. The project is shovel-ready and will eliminate the six-hour roadtrip many of our vets have to endure regularly to have access to quality healthcare. This comes after years of work to get the project moved up the VA’s priority list. Our veterans cannot be penalized because of the VA’s cost overruns and mismanagement in other states. There are still many months to go in this debate and today’s letter is just one step I’m taking to make sure this gets built for our veterans.”

“I’m disappointed that my colleagues opposed my amendment on the House floor today to fund the French Camp clinic but I remain committed to securing funding for the facility through this year’s appropriations process. That includes continuing to work with my colleagues in the House and Senate,” said Rep. McNerney. “Veterans in the San Joaquin Valley have been waiting for over ten years for this project to get off the ground. Our veterans need this clinic now, not further delays. I challenge my colleagues to work together to get this done. I won’t give up fighting until we break ground on this facility. Our veterans deserve no less.”

Reps. McNerney and Denham supported the President’s budget request of $139 million for the Livermore Realignment Project when it was introduced in February of this year. The Senate will have the opportunity to mark up their own FY 2016 Military Construction/Veterans Affairs Appropriations Bill, which falls under Sens. Kirk and Tester’s jurisdiction, and match it with the House’s version before it becomes law.

The full letter is available here.