Senate bill finances new VA hospital, Fort Knox schools
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A bi-partisan bill passed by the United States Senate on Tuesday paves the way for several major projects both in Louisville and at Fort Knox.
“It will provide funding for many important projects, including design work at a new VA medical center in Louisville, a special operations headquarters at Fort Campbell, and educational facilities at Fort Knox,” said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).
The Military Construction and Veterans Affairs bill passed with bi-partisan support. In total, the bill offers over $76 billion in discretionary funding. That’s $4.6 billion more than last year.
“In Congress we have a responsibility to advocate for our service members and veterans,” McConnell said. “To ensure that they get the treatment they deserve during and after their service.”
Within the bill $75 million is designated to head to the construction of a new VA Medical Center in Louisville.
“We function on about 600,000 square feet, the new medical center will be about 900,000 square feet,” said VA Medical Center Director Martin Traxler. “It will be larger, allowing us the room we need to serve veterans.”
Another $75 million had already been designated to the project which is expected to be completed in 2023. The total cost is estimated to surpass $900 million.
Another $23.2 million is head to Fort Knox for educational improvements. It includes a renovated high school and new middle school.
The bill was passed by the House of Representatives in April. It will now head to President Obama’s desk for his signature.
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