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Hoyer, Brown Send Letter to Congressional Appropriators Requesting Support to Ensure GSA and FBI Move Forward with an Alternative Plan for the Fully Consolidated FBI Headquarters Relocation Project

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (MD-04) sent a letter to Congressional appropriators, requesting their support for an amendment that Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-02) will offer this morning during a House Appropriations Committee markup, which would strike language from the Fiscal Year 2018 budget that would rescind $200 million from the fully consolidated FBI headquarters relocation project. On Tuesday, the Trump Administration announced their intent to cancel the current request for proposals to construct the new fully consolidated FBI headquarters.

“A fully consolidated FBI headquarters is a matter of national security,” said Congressmen Hoyer and Brown. “Action by the Trump Administration to cancel the current request for proposals for the project, in addition to action taken by House Republicans to rescind funds for the project, puts the safety and security of our nation at risk. We join in thanking Congressman Ruppersberger for offering this amendment, and for his continued support of providing the FBI with a secure and modern headquarters.”

“We write in strong support of Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger’s amendment, which would strike language from the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations legislation for Fiscal Year 2018 that sought to rescind $200 million from the FBI headquarters project,” reads the letter. “Rescinding these funds, even in the project’s current state, would be unwise and detrimental to our national security.  Further delay of the project could cost taxpayers up to $100 million in required upgrades to maintain the J. Edgar Hoover Building as well as escalating costs of the project.”

“We ask that you work with us to ensure that the GSA and the FBI work quickly to come up with an alternative plan to move this project forward,” the letter continues. “Given the many national security challenges that our country faces, we need to ensure that the FBI has the resources it needs to carry out its work.”

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