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Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, 2010

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MILITARY CONSTRUCTION AND VETERANS AFFAIRS APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2010 -- (House of Representatives - July 10, 2009)

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Mr. SALAZAR. I want to take a moment to recognize both Chairman Edwards and Ranking Member Wamp for their valiant effort in putting this bill together. I don't think there are any greater champions for military veterans and their families. All 17.5 million in the United States should applaud the chairman and the ranking member for their diligent fight.

Madam Chair, I would like to bring one specific project in the bill forward and not only thank the chairman and the ranking member, but also Secretary Shinseki and President Obama and the chairman of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, Mr. Filner, for including the $119 million for the new Fitzsimmons Veterans Hospital in Denver, Colorado.

This facility will provide full service to half a million veterans currently residing in my home State of Colorado and many across the Rocky Mountain west. This new facility will be open and begin serving veterans by 2013. The 200-bed hospital will reach over a million square feet in size and include 30 special beds for spinal cord injuries.

I am proud that after over a decade of waiting, the veterans of the Rocky Mountain west and my State will finally benefit from this state-of-the-art facility.

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