As the members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee toured the half-finished VA medical center in Aurora, Colo., Friday, one of them called for an independent investigation of the $1 billion in cost overruns at the $1.7 billion hospital.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (R-Conn.) suggested the U.S. Department of Justice conduct the investigation instead of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, whose review panel has been criticized.
“The people responsible for the financial catastrophe here need to be held accountable,” he said outside the building after a committee tour.
The investigation should look into the project’s “disastrous” cost and delays, he said.
After the tour of the hospital in the Denver suburb, the committee held a field hearing off site, which at times became tense with Blumenthal and other lawmakers demanding to know who was responsible for the project’s ballooning cost.
The hearing grew especially heated when Committee chairman Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) grilled the VA’s deputy secretary, Sloan Gibson, about why no VA employees involved in any of the four new VA hospitals that are over budget and behind schedule have been fired.
Gibson said those responsible for two key decisions on the Aurora project are no longer in their jobs. But he did not name anyone who had been fired.
Me Here.....ONE BILLION dollars and nobody is responsible? That is beyond crazy! I remember the outrage over $600 toilet seats for Air Force aircraft. Where are these people now? Silence!
With all the news about graft, pay to play, bribery involving Hillary and Clinton the Impeached, I have to wonder if the Clintons or Usurper Barry Soetoro have pocketed some of OUR money???
One Billion dollars would have purchased a whole lot of local health care for our Veterans. Instead we get grossly over budget palaces that are not needed.
Freedom for Veterans, not captivity to the VA.