Salazar: Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Bill Passes House
Funds Fitzsimmons Veterans Hospital; Preserves Piñon Canyon Funding Ban
U.S. Congressman John Salazar announced that the House passed vital funding for troops, veterans, and their families under the fiscal year 2010 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill. The bill builds on the $17.7 billion in historic increases for veterans passed into law by Congress since January 2007. The bill passed by a bipartisan vote of 415 to 3. The bill provides vital funding towards the new Fitzsimmons Veterans Hospital and continued the funding ban for Piñon Canyon expansion through FY2010.
Salazar, a member of the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee who fought to secure funds for Fitzsimmons and continue the Piñon Canyon moratorium, offered the following statement:
"This bill includes $119 million for the new Fitzsimmons Veterans Hospital in Denver. This facility will provide full service to the half million veterans currently residing in Colorado. The new facility will be open and begin serving veterans by 2013. The 200 bed hospital will reach over a million square feet in size and include 30 special spinal cord beds.
"The House has once again included the annual funding ban to prohibit Piñon Canyon expansion. I'm pleased that my colleagues have embraced my effort to protect private property rights and support my efforts to oppose expansion."