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In a commentary for Maryland Matters, U.S. Rep. Anthony Brown writes about the development of a new, modern headquarters facility for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Camp Springs and the 3,700 well-paying jobs it will bring. USCIS, he writes, will be an economic catalyst for the surrounding community by providing critical daytime foot traffic and business activity.
For decades, Prince George’s County leaders have made great strides making the county more attractive to businesses and residents — even as Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, and the District of Columbia have experienced greater rates of economic growth and investment. The county also has long been overlooked, for inexplicable reasons, in terms of federal facilities and tenancies throughout the National Capital Region.
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.