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Another local congressman is trying another approach to convince his colleagues to give some federal employees more money in fiscal 2018.
Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) introduced the Federal Employee Pension Act of 2017 that would repeal sections of the Middle-Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 and the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 that raised mandatory pension contributions of new federal employees to 4.4 percent.
After months of lobbying by Maryland and local officials to be the new consolidated home of the FBI, the federal government is putting the kibosh on the project.
The federal government is canceling the decade-long project.
The General Services Agency said does not have enough money to move forward with the plans. The Obama administration had sought $1.4 billion for the project, but Congress left it underfunded by about $882 million. The Washington Post first reported the news Monday evening
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin and Congressman Steny Hoyer, Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-Md.) released the following joint statement of disapproval in response to the announcement from the Trump Administration, through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), that they are canceling the current request for proposals to construct a new fully consolidated FBI headquarters.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Anthony G. Brown (D-MD) joined fellow Democrats in the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 (H.R. 2810), which authorizes and sets policy for the Department of Defense. The bill was reported to the full House of Representatives by a 60 to 1 vote. The FY18 NDAA authorizes $631 billion for national defense, and an additional $64.6 billion for overseas contingency operations.
A House panel Thursday approved stripping money from the proposed new headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, an ominous sign for a project that is already facing challenges under the Trump administration.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has been putting aside money for the headquarters for years, but legislation approved by a House Appropriations subcommittee would rescind $200 million of that funding. Maryland officials have been competing with Virginia and hope to land the new project, and the 11,000 jobs associated with it, in Prince George's County.