CONGRESSMAN LIEU INTRODUCES 2016 VA SEISMIC SAFETY AND CONSTRUCTION ACT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington—Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) introduced the Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act to authorize funds for critical seismic safety and construction projects at VA facilities throughout California, including $35 million for the West Los Angeles VA.
A next step in ongoing funding for West LA VA
Last year joint legislation by Congressman Lieu and Senator Dianne Feinstein secured $35 million for seismic retrofits and renovations for Building 205 at the West LA VA campus. This year Congressman Lieu and Senator Feinstein are seeking an additional $35 million for further seismic retrofits and renovations on the campus. The 2016 Veterans Affairs Seismic Safety and Construction Authorization Act would provide $563 million for California projects, including $35 million for Building 208 at the West LA VA campus.
Addressing a unique need for VA in California
VA seismic safety and construction funds are especially crucial for California, where the U.S. Geological Survey estimates a magnitude 6.7 or greater earthquake strikes every 6.3 years, on average. It also reports that California’s risk of being struck by a magnitude 8.0 or greater earthquake has increased by nearly 50 percent since the agency completed its last estimate in 2008.
Congressman Lieu’s statement following introduction of his legislation
“One of our greatest responsibilities in Congress is to provide for those who have served our country. Placing our Veterans and their health care providers in buildings not fit to withstand an earthquake does not meet the American standard. I am proud to have secured $35 million for West LA VA last year and this bill would authorize an additional $35 million. Thank you to Senators Feinstein and Boxer for their leadership on this important issue. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues in the House and Senate to quickly pass this bill to bolster the safety of our Veterans and VA staff.”