- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DENVER (AP) - The Latest on a congressional subpoena demanding documents from the Veterans Affairs Department about an over-budget VA hospital in the Denver area (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman says the Veterans Affairs Department has turned over documents to Congress in response to a subpoena demanding information about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Coffman had said earlier Wednesday the VA failed to turn over any documents. About 30 minutes later, he said the VA gave the House Veterans Affairs Committee the documents on a CD shortly after 5 p.m. Washington time. Coffman said he didn’t immediately know whether the CD contained all the documents the committee wanted.

The hospital in suburban Denver is projected to cost nearly $1.7 billion. The VA conducted an internal investigation but denied previous requests from Coffman and other members of the Veterans Committee to see detailed results.

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3:40 p.m.

Colorado Republican Rep. Mike Coffman says the Veterans Affairs Department missed a deadline to give Congress documents about how the cost of a Denver-area VA hospital soared more than $1 billion over budget.

Coffman says the VA failed to comply with a House Veterans Affairs Committee subpoena that gave the agency until Wednesday to produce the papers.

The VA didn’t respond to phone calls and emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The hospital in suburban Denver is projected to cost nearly $1.7 billion. The VA conducted an internal investigation but has denied requests from Coffman and other members of the Veterans Committee to see detailed results.

Coffman says the committee could pursue the documents in federal court or the full House could vote to find VA Secretary Robert McDonald in contempt.


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