Thursday, April 30, 2015

Hill Offers Amendment to Stop Funding for Wasteful VA Solar Panel Projects

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website, the VA has over 40 renewable energy projects, some dating back to 2010, that are not operational. Included in these, was an $8 million project to install solar panels at the Little Rock VA Medical Center which were never turned on and are already being deconstructed.

Hill offered the amendment as a follow up to Sen. John Boozman’s (R-AR) and his request to the VA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to investigate the VA’s Renewable Energy Program. After Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee Chairman Charlie Dent (R-PA) offered to assist with Rep. Hill’s and Sen. Boozman’s call for an OIG investigation, Rep. Hill withdrew his amendment.

Hill said, “It is essential that we ensure accountability and transparency when utilizing precious taxpayer dollars to support these government projects. Many questions remain unanswered about the project in Little Rock and similar projects throughout the country, and I am pleased that the Committee is willing to work with me to ensure additional oversight from Congress.”

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