DENVER — The Veterans Affairs Department could get enough money to finish its budget-busting medical center outside Denver if Congress passes a stop-gap measure to avert a government shutdown.

The measure would let the VA transfer the $625 million it says it needs from other accounts in its own budget. But strings are attached, including a requirement that the House and Senate appropriations committees approve the details.

Congress would still have to pass separate legislation raising the spending cap on the project.

The overall spending measure also faces obstacles in Congress, including an attempt by conservative Republicans to deny funding to Planned Parenthood.

Colorado Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet said Wednesday the VA isn't off the hook. He says the agency must hold accountable those responsible for the roughly $1 billion overrun.

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