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Rep. David Jolly: Colo. VA Hospital Failure a Management Issue

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 02:54 PM

The Veterans Affairs hospital in Colorado that has yet to be completed, despite costing $300 million, is the result of poor management, but it will get completed, Florida Republican Rep. David Jolly says.

"The truth is the Colorado hospital project started with a cost of $300 million, and a few years later it is still not completed and the VA secretary says it may cost up to $1.6 billion," Jolly, who sits on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, told John Bachman on "Newsmax Now" on Newsmax TV on Thursday.

"That's a management issue. That's an administration problem," he explained.

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"We have to serve the veterans. We have to make sure there is adequate health care availability and capacity in Colorado," Jolly said.

"That will happen, but if Congress wasn't providing sufficient oversight on this, we'd just be looking at runaway spending with still no completion of a hospital in Colorado," he contends.

"What you're seeing is the system work — Congress providing oversight on behalf of the American people to make sure that money has already been wasted, but we don't want to see another dime wasted on behalf of our veterans," he added. "We can get to the end of this project. We have to do so responsibly."

Jolly is also working on a measure to help veterans who are attending college, but who risk losing their housing allowance when they try to pick up extra work.

"The student veterans came forward and said here's the problem, 'We have this benefit, the GI bill, we get to enroll in college, but just like any other student, during the summer maybe we go to part-time or maybe we try to work and earn a little bit of money for the rest of the year,' but they lose their housing allowance," the Florida Republican explained.

"My legislation would provide the housing allowance during the summer months when the students are not full-time enrolled, provided they can verify that they are indeed returning to school in the fall," Jolly said, adding that it will also make sure veterans receive their housing allowance during the winter break as well.

In addition, "It provides parity of the housing allowance for those who are enrolled full-time in an accredited university taking classes online," which he says is something the current law doesn't account for.

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