U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Los Angeles, introduced two bills in Congress Friday to benefit the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus.
The bills are titled the West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act of 2019 and the Ensuring Access to West Los Angeles VA Easement Funds Act of 2019. The bills aim to amend the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 to ensure that the campus is able to recoup resources for veterans.
“As a veteran, I’m pleased to introduce these pieces of legislation to ensure that our veterans at the West L.A. VA campus can benefit from the money that is rightfully theirs,” Lieu stated. “Before we started implementing the master plan to revitalize the West L.A. VA, former service members at this facility were suffering from inadequate resources and care.”
Specifically, the West Los Angeles VA Campus Improvement Act of 2019 would ensure any funds from settlements resulting from fraud or misuse of VA leases can be used in the renovation and upkeep of campus facilities.
The Ensuring Access to West Los Angeles VA Easement Funds Act of 2019 would guarantee money earned from land easements on campus could be used for renovations and maintenance of the campus.
“While we’ve made incredible progress in improving VA conditions, these two new bills will ensure the campus has additional resources to best serve our nation’s heroes,” Lieu said.
The West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 ensures that the VA enters into leases that “benefit veterans and their families first and foremost,” Lieu said. Before the law went in effect, parts of the campus were being rented to various third parties that sometimes provided little to no value for veterans and their families, Lieu said.
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