The Senate passed a measure Friday afternoon to keep the construction of the $1 billion over budget Denver Va hospital going after Congress reached a deal Thursday that would raise the spending cap by $100 million.

But that deal only allows work at the site to continue for three weeks.

Without additional funding, VA would then have to put forward a scaled-down project due to congressional demands that won’t take services away from veterans in other parts of the country. But there is high resistance to any additional funding without greater accountability

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) says he can’t believe that the department has yet to fire those responsible for the cost overruns. “America’s patience is running out,” Miller said Thursday, after the deal was reached.

The VA says it needs another $830 million to finish the project.

In hopes of a compromise this week, VA Secretary Bob McDonald said the agency would delay a nursing home and a post-traumatic stress disorder clinic planned for the campus, saving about $55 million.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) has floated an idea to spend the department’s multimillion-dollar bonus budget on the Denver project.

But VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, only recently tapped to get the Denver project back on track, called that suggestion “a lousy idea,” saying it would take money out of the pockets of hard-working VA employees.