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Hon. Corrine Brown

The Honorable Corrine Brown

Thank you, Mr. Chairman and Mr. Ranking Member, for calling this hearing today.

When the process started to authorize a new Medical Center for the region, Central Florida had been waiting for a hospital for over 25 years.  I first started representing this area in Congress 21 years ago.  I brought Jesse Brown, then Secretary for Veterans Affairs to the area and to show him how important this is.  This facility will increase the treatment options for Central Florida veterans.

I did not think it would take so long to finish the facility.  I have looked at the fact sheets the VA has sent out for the last three months and the facility has been stuck at 84% percent complete. July-84%; August-84%; September 84%.

I don’t understand what could be taking so long that there has been no advancement in the completion of the facility for the last 3 months.

I have my staff drive by there every so often and it appears there is no work going on.

The veterans of the Central Florida cannot wait any longer for a full Medical Center to be built.  Once again we are having a full committee hearing on construction.  I am surprised, to say the least, that after we had the first hearing in March of last year, we are having yet another hearing on the same facility.  

This is not about politics anymore.  We must build this facility for the veterans of Central Florida.