BILLS SPONSORED BY CONGRESSMAN LIEU AUTHORIZING VITAL VETERANS PROGRAMS TO GO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’s DESK

October 2, 2015
Press Release

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BILLS SPONSORED BY REP. TED W. LIEU AUTHORIZING VITAL VETERANS PROGRAMS TO GO TO PRESIDENT OBAMA’s DESK  

TODAY’S HOUSE VOTE WILL AUTHORIZE WEST LOS ANGELES VA MEDICAL CENTER SEISMIC RETROFIT,
REAUTHORIZE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON HOMELESS VETERANS, AND OTHER IMPORTANT VA PROGRAMS

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles), sponsor of H.R. 1543, the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Facility Earthquake Protection and Improvement Act and H.R. 2934, the Advocating for Homeless Veterans Act, issued the following statement in response to the passage of S.2082, the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2015, by the House of Representatives:

“I am pleased that the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act incorporated both of my bills intended to serve veterans in my district and throughout the country. One of my top priorities in Congress is to provide my fellow veterans with the care and support they have earned and deserve. Upgrading VA buildings in Los Angeles to ensure that they are fit to withstand an earthquake is essential. By authorizing $324 million for seismic retrofits to four VA facilities, including $35 million for the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Congress enables the VA to ensure these buildings are safe for our veterans, health care providers, and staff.  I want to thank Senators Feinstein and Boxer for working with me on this important issue.  Without their leadership these retrofits would not be possible.

“Further, the bill includes the reauthorization of the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, which maintains a vital component of the national campaign to address Veterans’ homelessness.   No woman or man who has fought for their country in uniform should have to fight for a roof over their heads or food on their tables. Since 2001, the VA’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans has provided valuable analysis of the VA’s efforts while advocating for additional resources from HUD-VASH vouchers to funds for local partnership programs that house Veterans.   Extending the Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans  and more than thirty other Veterans programs for one year is a good first step.  Going forward, I will work with the House and Senate Committees on Veterans’ Affairs to reauthorize these programs for a longer timeframe to provide our Veterans with the stability they deserve.”

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