U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) announced today that the U.S. Senate passed a final veterans bill that includes authorization for VA outpatient clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles. The legislation passed 91-3.
"I've worked for years to get these clinics authorized. This is a big, big win for veterans across Louisiana," Vitter said. "Especially after this recent crisis surrounding the VA, we must regain the trust of our veterans and make sure they have the resources they need - and that means building the Lafayette and Lake Charles VA clinics. I'm setting up a meeting with the VA Secretary as soon as possible to make sure they expedite the building process. If not for their screw-ups, these clinics would have already been built."
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the veterans bill yesterday 420-5. 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. Vitter started working to authorize the Lake Charles and Lafayette VA clinics in 2010. Vitter pushed for unanimous consent for his legislation authorizing the stalled VA clinics on six separate occasions this year: February 27, 2014, March 11, 2014, March 26, 2014, April 2, 2014, April 9, 2014, and May 7, 2014.