The House of Representatives passed legislation which would authorize 28 new VA medical facilities across the country, including one on the South Coast.
Democratic Congresswoman Julia Brownley of Westlake Village has been spearheading the effort to open a new 41,000 square foot VA facility in Oxnard.
The facility would provide a number of services that veterans currently must go to Los Angeles to receive, and is also intended to help reduce wait times for appointments.
The legislation also includes provisions to try to reduce red tape in opening new VA facilities, an issue Brownley says slowed efforts to open the badly needed new clinics.
The provisions are part of a bigger package of VA funding which now goes to the U.S. Senate for consideration.