South Dakota's congressional delegation continues to press the Secretary for Veterans Affairs to back off of plans to close the Veterans Affairs healthcare facility in Hot Springs, the Associated Press reports.
VA Secretary Robert McDonald said that a final decision has not been made about the historic facility's future, despite its closure being included in the president's budget proposal. The three-member delegation met with McDonald on Feb. 25, 2015, after sending him a letter.
A draft environmental impact statement of the potential closure is planned to be released in June 2015, according to a press release from Sen. John Thune. After that, public comments will be taken by VA officials.
A press release from Sen. Mike Rounds recounts an exchange between McDonald and Rounds during a Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, at which McDonald said VA officials are still collecting data about its Hot Springs facility and have made no decisions.