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Klobuchar-backed vets bill signed by Obama

WASHINGTON—Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced that bipartisan legislation she backed to allow local communities to assist with the planning and construction of Department of Veterans Affairs health care facilities has been signed into law by the President. The CHIP In for Vets Act authorizes the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to let local communities manage the construction of VA projects, contribute the remaining finances, and ensure projects are completed on-time and on-budget, a news release said. The legislation will also set up a pilot program to test this new model of construction with five initial projects.

"Our veterans deserve to receive excellent health care at state-of-the-art facilities. Now that it has been signed into law, this bipartisan legislation will make it easier for the VA to make critical improvements to the health care facilities that veterans rely on," Klobuchar said. "We must continue to work together to make good on our promise to ensure that our veterans receive the care they have earned and deserve."

The CHIP In for Vets Act was introduced in the Senate by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and in the House by Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb.