Port Orange, FL – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) joined several of his colleagues in sending a letter to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, asking them to “move forward in authorizing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) major medical facility leases currently pending before Congress.”? This request includes an authorization for funding for the outpatient clinic located in Daytona Beach, Fla.
“When new or replacement VA facilities are held up due to mismanagement and bureaucratic delays, we are doing a disservice to the veterans who rely on the VA for vital health care services,”? DeSantis said. “The Daytona Beach clinic is facing problems due to a lack of space, and the need for a new clinic should be addressed now, not several years down the line once overcrowding becomes a critical issue demanding immediate attention. Ensuring that our veterans receive the best care possible is a priority, and I strongly urge the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to work towards authorizing these leases immediately.”?
Under current law, Congress must authorize VA medical facility leases with average annual rental payments in excess of $1 million.
In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office began scoring the cost of all VA clinics based on the total obligation for the life of the lease rather than the annual payment, even though actual spending would not increase and the leases are ultimately subject to annual appropriations.
DeSantis highlighted the issue of VA leases on his National Security Subcommittee in June 2015 when the Committee reviewed the VA–s lease procurement procedures and addressed the significant delays in leasing.