Wednesday, May 20, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As last-minute negotiations with congressional Republican leaders appeared to fail, once again jeopardizing completion of the new Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded an apology from Rep. Mike Coffman for his years of failure to exercise proper oversight over this project.

“Mike Coffman has chaired the committee whose job it is to oversee the VA for over two years,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “In that time, Coffman has spent more time complaining than attempting to solve the major problems that have developed, even delaying introduction of legislation to address the cost overruns at the Aurora project for over a year. There is plenty of blame to go around for the failure to complete this badly-needed hospital on time and on budget, but Coffman shares in the blame as chairman of the committee directly responsible for oversight of the project.”

“Even worse is the news today of Coffman’s eleventh-hour finger-pointing at his own party’s leadership for failing authorize the funds to prevent a shutdown,” said Runyon-Harms. “If all Coffman is doing is issuing angry statements, eventually he was going to run out of people to blame. Congress under John Boehner and Mike Coffman has become a dysfunctional joke to most Americans, and this disaster is just the latest example.”

“We call on Coffman and Boehner to stop playing politics with the health of Colorado veterans,” said Runyon-Harms. “The new Aurora VA hospital is too important to be stalled by politicians fighting with each other. Do right by our veterans first, then point fingers.”