U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (FL-08) called for a swift solution at the Committee on Veterans' Affairs oversight hearing concerning construction delays on the Orlando VA Medical Center. As a state legislator and now in Congress, Daniel Webster has been working to provide high-quality care through the planning and development of a medical city for citizens in Central Florida.
"In a recent tour of the Orlando VA construction site, it was obvious that design errors and excessive change orders have created extensive delays and have handcuffed the timely delivery of this critical project. This facility is a necessary support system to the men and women who have heroically sacrificed for the safety and security of our nation. It is our duty to provide a medical facility that offers state of the art medical care. The continued construction delays are a disservice to the more than 300,000 Central Florida veterans and their families who deserve to have promises made turn into promises kept.
"As a small business owner with decades of experience in construction projects, it is of the utmost importance that work orders and project specifications be delivered in an efficient and organized fashion. My top concern is the continued glut of change orders from the VA, stemming from an apparent lack of timely equipment selection. The Veterans' Affairs management team needs to work diligently to ensure that cost overruns and change orders can be contained while making certain the project timelines are met for the benefit of our veterans and hardworking taxpayers, " said Representative Webster.