Farr statement on the Republicans’ vote to sue the President
WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, released the following statement after the Republican controlled House of Representatives voted to sue the President of the United States over implementation of the Affordable Care Act:
“Rather than doing their job of passing legislation to help the American people, Republicans have decided to waste more taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit against the President – a lawsuit many of them hope will lead to impeachment. Talk about Nero fiddling while Rome burns.
“Where is the jobs bill? Where is the bill to address immigration reform? Where is the bill to jumpstart our middle class or provide a livable minimum wage? Where is the bill to guarantee women receive equal pay for equal work?
“Those are the issues that Congress should be focused on. Instead, as House Republicans prepare to leave town for a month, their only priority is to satisfy the extreme Tea Party faction of their party. For several years, they have been obsessed with repealing Obamacare. Now Republicans want to sue the President because they didn’t like the way he implemented a law they voted over 50 times to repeal.
“This absurd lawsuit is nothing more than an election year stunt. The House Leadership needs to stop wasting our time on political games and let us get back to work on the real issues affecting the American people.”
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President signs Farr bill to name new joint VA-DOD clinic after General Gourley
WASHINGTON, DC – President Obama today signed Rep. Sam Farr’s, D-Carmel, bill to name the future joint Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense outpatient clinic at the former Fort Ord the "Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic.” The bill, H.R. 272, honors Gen. Gourley for his lifetime of service to his country, his fellow members of the military and Central Coast veterans. The new clinic is the second joint clinic in the nation and the first built specifically from the ground up to care for active duty service members, their families and veterans all under one roof. The bill received unanimous support in Congress.
“General Gourley inspired the creation of the joint clinic at Fort Ord,” said Farr. “To honor his commitment to the clinic’s construction, when the doors open to provide care for both active duty members of the military and veterans, it will bear the name of the man who dedicated his entire life to serving those who served our nation.”
Gen. Gourley, who passed away in 2008, was instrumental in the clinic's development. During his career he championed his 10 Golden Rules. His 10th rule was “Make a better Army and Corps for your subordinates to inherit.” He carried that mantra into retirement by working tirelessly to improve the treatment and care of veterans in California. His interest in designating a section of Fort Ord as a joint clinic for both veterans and service members began when the base closed in 1994. Because of his efforts, the clinic will serve over 80,000 active duty service members, their families and veterans.
Ground was broken last Veterans Day and the clinic is expected to open in the fall of 2016. The three-story building, 104,000-square-foot facility will provide primary care and specialty care including medical/surgical subspecialty clinics, mental health care, audiology, physical and occupation therapy, ancillary and diagnostic services. The clinic will replace the VA’s existing clinic which is too small to serve the current population and cannot be expanded.
“General Gourely championed bringing the two departments together under one roof as a way to provide better care for our service members throughout their career and on into retirement,” said Farr. “Thanks to his efforts, this design will not only improve the lives for those here on the Central Coast but hopefully it will become the model for future clinics throughout the country.”
Gen. Gourley's military service began in the late 1950s when he served in Germany, where he shared MREs (Meal, Ready-to-Eat) with Elvis Presley. He later served in Korea and Vietnam. After returning from his tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to the Pentagon and rose to work with then Gen. Colin Powell on the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
In his retirement, Gen. Gourley worked to enhance life for active duty soldiers and veterans living in Central California by working to improve TRICARE service on the Monterey peninsula; establish a veterans cemetery on the old Fort Ord; make health care more affordable and accessible to military retirees; and providing the groundwork for the joint DOD-VA health care clinic.
Artistic rendering of the clinic:
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