Congresswoman Laura Richardson applauds the recent passage of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act, a funding bill that provides the facilities and infrastructure needed to house, train and equip our military personnel. The bill also funds programs to ensure that all veterans receive the benefits and medical care they earned as a result of the many sacrifices made in service to this great Nation.
"Just as our military pledges to leave no one behind on the battlefield, Congress has pledged to leave no veteran behind when they come home," said Congresswoman Laura Richardson. "With this funding, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be able to provide quality medical care to more than 6.3 million patients in 2013, including 610,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan," said Congresswoman Richardson.
The bill originally included a section that prohibited Project Labor Agreements, although such agreements are used by both union and non-union contractors to promote cost-effectiveness and efficiency in construction projects.
Last year, Congresswoman Richardson worked alongside Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio to defeat anti-Project Labor Agreements in the appropriations bill, and helped lead efforts to defeat an attempt to include the same language this year.
"This bill is intended to reflect our strong commitment to our veterans and service members in uniform, and it should be limited to that purpose," said Congresswoman Richardson. "In particular, a bill intended to fund VA programs is an inappropriate vehicle for a debate over Project Labor Agreements. I was proud to work across the aisle to spread this important message and defeat that anti-worker provision," said Congresswoman Richardson.