Sen. McConnell Announces $410M Secured for VA Medical Center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The remaining $410 million needed to build the new Robley Rex Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Louisville has been secured.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that deal on Monday.

It’s part of the new spending bill that will likely be voted on by the House of Representatives Tuesday. The Fiscal Year 2020 government-funding agreement has to be passed by Friday or the government will shut down. The Senate is expected to approve the bill, sending it to President Trump’s desk.

The new health care facility got its first $75 million in a 2008 government-funding bill. 

“Since I secured the initial federal funding for the construction of a new veterans medical center in Louisville, I’ve remained determined to fulfill our sacred obligation to our nation’s heroes,” Sen. McConnell said in a statement.

“Working closely with Kentucky’s veterans, the VA and multiple presidents, we continued moving toward today’s outstanding news. Because of President Trump’s strong commitment to our veterans, he answered my request and helped me finally deliver the remaining federal resources to complete this facility. Although no single government program can ever fully repay the enormous debt we owe our veterans, I look forward the vital care the new VAMC will provide to those who sacrificed to keep our nation safe.”