• Local members of Congress working on legislation to allow congressional offices in VA hospitals

    By: Sarah Wilson , Ashley Edlund


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Local members of Congress are fighting back after learning that they will no longer be able to have offices at local Veterans Administration hospitals as of the end of the year.

    Currently, Reps. Darren Soto and Stephanie Murphy share an office in the Lake Nona VA hospital.

    The VA said that their offices are being removed because the space is needed for clinical purposes.

    READ: Congressional offices to be evicted from Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center

    But Soto and Murphy, along with Rep. Brian Mast, have been vocal about how they believe there is space for congressional offices, too.

    The VA told them there is a legal reason they cannot be there, and that they’ll have to change the law to keep their offices there.

    In response, the representatives are working on legislation called the Congressional Services Act, which would help open offices inside VA hospitals all across the nation.

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