U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that he was able to include authorization for veterans affairs (VA) clinics -- including clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles -- included in the final VA bill. The Senate will likely vote on the bill next week.
"The bill's sponsors assured me that my legislation to authorize the VA clinics, including ones in Lafayette and Lake Charles, will be in the final bill," Vitter said. "Having fought for passage of my bill to authorize the clinics almost weekly for the past few months, I'll be pushing for a vote on this as soon as possible. But it's great to see that we're breaking through the gridlock to get these clinics built for our veterans."
Vitter pushed for unanimous consent for his legislation authorizing these clinics since February. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) repeatedly blocked Vitter's bill. Vitter pushed for unanimous consent on six separate occasions: February 27, 2014, March 11, 2014, March 26, 2014, April 2, 2014, April 9, 2014, and May 7, 2014.