U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) announced today that the authorization for VA outpatient clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles will be in the final veterans bill being worked out in Congress.
"This is really great news -- I was able to get assurances that the VA Clinics for Lafayette and Lake Charles will be included in the final veterans bill we've been working on in Congress," said Vitter. "I've been pushing to get these authorized for years now to make sure those who served our country have access to quality health care without having to travel long distances."
The U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives passed different versions of the veterans bill. The bills are currently being reconciled in a conference committee. Vitter fought to make sure the bill that passed the Senate included the clinics and urged his colleagues on the conference committee to make sure they stayed in the final version.
Vitter secured language authorizing both the Lafayette and Lake Charles clinics in the Senate's version of the veterans legislation. Before the agreement, Vitter had been pushing for unanimous consent for his legislation authorizing the stalled VA clinics since February. Sanders 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.