09.21.16

Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Bring New Veterans’ Medical Facility to Raleigh, North Carolina

WASHINGTON — Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and lawmakers from both parties introduced bipartisan legislation to bring a new Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility to Raleigh, North Carolina in addition to new facilities in other parts of the country.

The Providing Veterans Overdue Care Act includes funding for a new VA outpatient facility for Raleigh, North Carolina, which would be the 29th VA medical facility in North Carolina, and the 20th delivered during Senator Burr’s tenure in the United States Senate.

“One of the great honors of serving as your Senator is fighting to support and protect our veterans,” said Senator Richard Burr. “I am glad that Senator Warner has introduced this bipartisan legislation which will secure the 29th VA medical facility for our state, and the 20th of my tenure in the Senate. I’m urging the full Senate to pass this legislation without delay so that veterans can have greater access to quality, affordable health care where they live.”

“I am proud to co-introduce this bipartisan legislation that would authorize leases for 24 VA medical facilities, including an outpatient clinic in Raleigh,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “This legislation is a step toward reducing the unnecessary bureaucratic hurdles at the VA, I will continue to work across the aisle to ensure veterans are receiving access to the healthcare they need and deserve.”

The full text of the amendment introduced today can be found here.

The legislation is led by Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and cosponsored by Sens. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC), Susan Collins (R-ME), Steve Daines (R-MT), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Angus King (I-ME), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Jon Tester (D-MT), Thom Tillis (R-NC), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).

Background:

During his tenure in the Senate, Senator Burr has fought successfully to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to place modern health care centers and clinics in the communities where veterans live. For many years, the VA relied on a few centrally located medical centers, forcing many veterans to drive long distances to get needed care from the VA.  But Senator Burr has worked to bring new medical facilities to communities all across North Carolina so that veterans could have better access to the health care they were promised. There are now 28 VA medical facilities located throughout North Carolina. This legislation would secure the 29th for North Carolina.

A full list of VA medical facilities delivered to North Carolina, during Senator Burr’s tenure can be found here.