LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A fresh delay in plans for a veterans' clinic in Lake Charles is drawing harsh criticism from members of Louisiana's congressional delegation.

The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement Friday that said it was attempting to award a contract for construction as soon as possible. It said a potential successful offer had been identified but after a review it was found that the potential contract would violate Office of Management and Budget rules.

Representative Charles Boustany, a Republican who represents the area, said the delay is unacceptable. And Republican Sen. David Vitter said the VA is in disarray.

The VA's announcement said the latest development means progress on the Lake Charles clinic will be delayed for several more months.

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