Senate bill passed to allow work to continue on the VA hospital

Mark K. Matthews- The Denver Post

With the future of Aurora's Veterans Affairs hospital again in doubt, the U.S. Senate on Thursday passed another short-term funding bill that would keep work going on the site until at least October.

The $150 million measure, which passed by unanimous consent, comes just days before the troubled Colorado project was set to shut down because of a lack of money.

Now the bill heads to the House, which had not voted on the bill as of 7 p.m. Thursday — although the lower chamber is expected to take up the measure by Saturday.

"This gives us the breathing room we need to finish the job in Colorado," said U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., in a short floor speech.

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