Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Decision to Cancel Plans for New FBI Headquarters
(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s decision to cancel plans by the General Services Administration and the FBI to build a new FBI headquarters. The agencies had narrowed their list of potential sites to three, two of which are in Maryland’s Prince George’s County.
“I can’t think of one good reason to cancel plans for a new FBI headquarters, potentially in Maryland. This decision by the Trump Administration will set us back years, jeopardizing jobs and our national security, as well as wasting hundreds of millions of federal, state and local tax dollars.
The FBI desperately needs a new headquarters. The Hoover building is too small, scattering the FBI workforce among more than two dozen annex sites with costly leases. It is also literally falling apart and technologically obsolete. The men and women of the FBI – the frontlines of our domestic law enforcement and counter-terror efforts – deserve better. So do the American taxpayers: as the days go by, costs to maintain and repair the Hoover building will increase as the property value depreciates.
It is surprising that a President whose background is real estate development is unwilling to see this deal through. The fact that the President declined to fund this project in his Fiscal Year 2018 budget speaks volumes about his priorities. We have to ask, “Why?”
As a Member of the House Appropriations Committee, I am very concerned that the funds previously granted to the FBI and GSA for this project will be re-allocated for other purposes. I will work to make sure that does not happen and that our first priority remains providing the FBI with a safe and secure working environment and equipping it with the resources it needs to protect the citizens of our country.”