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New FBI Headquarters Issue Delayed $1.7 Trillion Spending Bill

Release of a massive $1.7 trillion omnibus spending package with many add-ons took longer than expected, as Democrats negotiated over the FBI's headquarters relocation project, reports Roll Call. Both versions of the spending bills earlier this year would appropriate $500 million for the new, consolidated suburban headquarters, which the Biden administration restarted. Both bills stipulate that appropriations for the project could be used for building the facility only at one of three sites: two in Maryland and one in Virginia. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is a longtime proponent of bringing the FBI headquarters to the Maryland suburbs.

The General Services Administration (GSA), which is running the site selection process, released a new set of criteria in September it will use to ultimately choose the new site. “FBI Mission Requirements” receives the largest weighting, including “Proximity to the FBI Academy Quantico.” Of the three sites, the proposed Springfield, Va., site is easily the closest. The two Maryland sites under consideration are in Greenbelt and Landover. Hoyer has advocated giving equal weight to the "FBI Mission Requirements" and and criteria that would promote sustainability and advance racial equity. The Maryland locations are in Prince George's County, which has a majority Black population, and the Greenbelt site is located at the metro station. The eventual deal requires GSA to meet with representatives from both states to consider their ideas on the FBI’s mission requirements, equity and a potential site’s sustainability, reports Politico.


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