Congress Approves $625M For Aurora VA Hospital

Congress has approved $625 million to complete the construction of the long-troubled Aurora VA Hospital. The Senate passed the measure earlier in the day before House approval this afternoon.

The vote will allow the Veterans Affairs Department to shift the $625 million it needs to finish the hospital from other accounts within its budget. The provision is part of a broader bill to avoid a government shutdown.

In a statement, the department says the money will give the VA the flexibility it needs to complete the project. 

"We know we made mistakes in the development of this medical center, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to complete the state-of-the-art facility for Colorado Veterans and doing so while being good stewards of taxpayer dollars," said the VA.