Lafayette, LA (KPLC) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is upset with the Department of Veterans Affairs' decision to reject the contract for the VA Clinic in Lafayette because of "religious freedom language."
Vitter, R-La., issued a news release Wednesday, which included a letter he sent to VA secretary Robert McDonald. In it, he asked why the VA is rejecting a contract with Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center on the basis of Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, which Vitter said have “been required for all hospital affiliation agreements with Catholic hospitals since 1994.”
"The VA absolutely should have known about religious freedom requirements with Catholic hospitals -- it has even had to address these issues in Baton Rouge before," he said in the news release. "This isn't a legitimate delay. It looks like a deliberate attempt by the VA to conceal its continued inability to get this desperately-needed facility built in Lafayette. We finally have an opportunity to move forward. The VA needs to quit dragging its feet once and for all.