Senator McConnell Confirms President Trump Will Fully Fund New Louisville VA Medical Center in his Budget
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced today President Donald Trump personally assured him — at the Senator’s request — the new Robley Rex VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Louisville, Kentucky will be fully funded in the President’s 2020 budget request to Congress. President Trump contacted Senator McConnell — who advocated for the remaining funding needed to complete the project — to inform him that he would include the full request of more than $400 million in his upcoming budget, expected to be released later this month.
The inclusion of the Louisville VAMC in the President’s Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is an important step forward for this project. After President Trump officially submits his budget request to Congress, lawmakers must then approve the funding level in the appropriations process. Senator McConnell, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, will continue to make the Louisville VAMC a top priority.
Last year, Senator McConnell contacted U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA) Robert Wilkie to ensure his support for the inclusion of the Louisville VAMC project in the President’s FY 2020 budget request. Last month, Senator McConnell also contacted Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director and Acting Chief of Staff to the President Mick Mulvaney to advocate for the Louisville VAMC.
“I want to thank President Trump for his assurance that my request to fully fund the Robley Rex VA Medical Center will be included in his budget, and I am proud to work with him to support Kentucky’s veterans,” said Senator McConnell. “This has been a long time coming, but this is a huge step forward for this important project. Kentucky veterans, who have served our country so bravely, deserve to receive quality health care in a new, modern facility. As Senate Majority Leader, one of my top priorities is to support our nation’s heroes, especially the more than 300,000 veterans who call Kentucky home. They have been waiting far too long for this medical center, and I am pleased we are now one step closer.”
Senator McConnell previously secured the initial $75 million for the project in 2008 and worked to secure subsequent appropriations for a total of $450 million, approximately half of the required funding. In 2009, legislation introduced by Senator McConnell naming the current and future VAMC after Robley Rex was enacted into law. Senator McConnell has never endorsed a specific location for the new VAMC.