Tucked inside President Biden’s fiscal 2023 budget request is a plan to move the FBI out of its current location across from the Justice Department in downtown Washington and build a new campus in suburban Virginia or Maryland.
They accused Mr. Trump of trying to block rival hotels from moving in on the spot, which is prime real estate on Pennsylvania Avenue one block from the Trump hotel.
In Monday’s budget request, the Biden administration said keeping the bureau at its current location “can no longer support the long-term mission of the FBI.”
Over the next year, the General Services Administration and the FBI will work to identify a location to construct a federally owned, secure facility in the Washington suburbs to support at least 7,500 personnel, according to the budget request.
Three sites are under review for the new headquarters: Greenbelt and Landover in Maryland, and Springfield, Virginia.
In its proposed budget, the Biden administration said the GSA and the FBI will finalize an updated list of requirements for the suburban campus as part of their budget requests for fiscal 2024.
The Obama administration had proposed moving the FBI headquarters to the suburbs, selling the current site to a developer and using the funds to pay for the construction of a modern campus.
“The Trump administration came in, scrapped all the plans that had been in place for years, totally reversed course and Congress, on a bipartisan basis, has been very troubled,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said at the time.
The late Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat and then-chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent letters to the GSA, the FBI and the Justice Department seeking more information about why Mr. Trump scrapped the suburban campus plan.
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