Wednesday, August 12, 2015
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at 303-870-0448

DENVER: Today, as the Denver Post reported increased criticism of Rep. Mike Coffman’s failed oversight of the VA’s new medical center project in Aurora, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, called on Coffman to stop finger pointing and take responsibility for his role as Chair of Oversight and Investigations.

“Mike Coffman is Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Unless Congressman Coffman wanted the title without the responsibility, he owes Colorado taxpayers an explanation for what he could have done to right the ship or apologize for his failure to do so. Either way, enough finger pointing.”

Funding for the hospital project is funded through the end of the fiscal year in September, after repeated short-term funding patches Congress have staved off shutdowns and work stoppages.

“The U.S. military has wasted many times the money that the new Aurora hospital will cost on numerous questionable weapons programs in recent years,” said Runyon-Harms. “Rep. Coffman has had direct oversight responsibility for the Department of Veterans Affairs for years. Before that, he ran for office — in Aurora — on a platform of military and veteran’s issues. Today, as Colorado veterans demand that finger-pointing end and the hospital be completed, Mike Coffman is forced to make excuses for his own Republican congressional leaders as to why that is not a certainty.”