New FBI HQ in Md. or Va.? Members of Congress expect feds to move fast

By: John Domen 

The drive to build a new FBI headquarters has been hung up for years, but a U.S. senator from Maryland said it’s still on the way, and, “There’s no turning back.”

“We’re moving forward on this and it should happen in the coming years, and decisions will be made even sooner than that,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland.

Both parties have agreed for years on the need for a new facility, but the Trump Administration scuttled the project.

The three finalists from years ago — Greenbelt and Landover, in Maryland, and Springfield, Virginia — are still under consideration this time around. By the end of September, one of them is supposed to be chosen.

“Within an even shorter period of time, by mid-June, we should get an update from the General Services Administration … as to whether or not any of the three sites is no longer viable,” said Van Hollen.

“The new, consolidated headquarters for the FBI has been a top priority of mine in Congress for over a decade,” said Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., in a statement to WTOP. But like every other elected leader in Maryland, he has stuck to praising both Maryland locations equally.

“Both of our sites in Maryland — the Greenbelt and Landover locations — are well-suited for the new headquarters and can offer the FBI what it needs to meet its demands and protect our national security,” said Hoyer, adding, “Bringing the headquarters to Prince George’s County will make the distribution of federal facilities more equitable in the National Capital Region.” Read more at WTOP.

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