- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Colorado’s two U.S. senators are calling for an investigation into spending on a long delayed veterans’ medical center that is expected to cost $1 billion more than originally planned.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennett introduced an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Wednesday calling for a General Accountability Office investigation. Sen. Cory Gardner is a co-sponsor.

Originally estimated to cost $600 million, the new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Aurora is expected to cost $1.73 billion when completed in 2017. The VA is struggling to persuade Congress to approve more money to finish it.

Bennett spokesman Adam Bozzi says the amendment specifically directs the GAO to examine how the VA oversees the design and construction of major medical facilities.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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