REP. LIEU STATEMENT ON SENATE PASSAGE OF BILL TO RESTORE THE WEST L.A. VA

September 19, 2016
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) issued the following statement in light of the United States Senate’s passage of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 - H.R. 5936. This legislation originated in the House of Representatives and was authored by Congressman Lieu. Senator Dianne Feinstein authored the Senate version of this legislation in September, 2015.

“I applaud the Senate’s passage of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, which authorizes the VA to implement the Master Plan for the West L.A. VA campus. First and foremost, I want to thank Senator Dianne Feinstein for her leadership, without which this bill would not have been passed."  

“This legislation now heads to President Obama’s desk for his signature into law.  When enacted, this legislation will enable the VA to construct 1,200 units of housing for homeless Veterans at the West L.A. VA and offer new robust services on the campus such as vocational training, recreation and spiritual support.  The legislation also ensures that all leases on the campus principally benefit Veterans and strengthen the partnership between the VA and leaseholders."

“Today’s legislative victory amounts to a giant leap forward in our efforts to restore the West L.A. VA as a beacon of service to L.A. County’s Veteran community. It is a giant leap forward in our collective mission to honor the debt we owe to America’s Veteran heroes.”

###