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Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana. (Associated Press)

Landrieu: Delays to SW La. clinics 'unacceptable'

Last Modified: Friday, February 28, 2014 10:55 AM

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., expressed frustration Thursday that procedural hurdles have slowed the consideration and passage of bills that would benefit military veterans.

Delays in the Comprehensive Veterans Health and Benefits and Military Retirement Pay Restoration Act also means a delay in authorization of the construction of two promised veterans clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles — along with 25 other clinics nationwide.

Just over two-dozen national veterans’ service organizations have written letters supporting the legislation, which Landrieu is co-sponsoring.

“I’m frustrated that bureaucratic red tape and now congressional gridlock is preventing us from providing convenient access to quality health care for Southwest Louisiana veterans,” Landrieu said in a news release.

“It has taken far too long to green-light these two veterans clinics in Lakes Charles and Lafayette, and the ongoing delay is completely unacceptable.”

Last week, Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, led an effort of the entire Louisiana delegation to demand answers from Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on the delayed completion of the clinics.

In February, Landrieu and Boustany introduced legislation together in the Senate and the House to green-light clinic construction in Lake Charles and ensure the Lafayette clinic would remain open.

The bipartisan bill, the Keep Our Commitment to Veterans Act, passed the House with a near unanimous vote of 346-1, with the entire delegation supporting it.

Posted By: Steve Sturrock On: 3/3/2014

Title: It.s time for re-election again

Mary Landrieu , we are getting wiser. I predict you will lose the election this time

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