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.