NEW SENATE VIRUS BILL INCLUDES FBI BUILDING

New Senate GOP coronavirus bill includes White House demand for FBI headquarters money

NEW SENATE VIRUS BILL

NEW SENATE VIRUS BILL INCLUDES FBI BUILDING

Under intense White House pressure, Senate Republicans agreed Monday to allocate $1.75 billion in their coronavirus relief bill,

Toward the construction of a new D.C. headquarters for the FBI.

But top Senate Republicans immediately began distancing themselves from the provision after it was made public,

Saying they weren’t sure why the White House repeatedly insisted on putting it in the bill.

In calling for a new “Washington, DC headquarters facility,”

The provision reflects President Trump’s ongoing interest in building a new headquarters for the FBI downtown,

rather than a secure campus in the suburbs that was envisioned before he took office.

At a news conference Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) initially denied that the FBI money was in the bill,

But then was notified by reporters that the language was in fact included.

“You’ll have to ask them why they insisted that be included,” he told reporters, referring to the White House.

Although the provision says the money would enable the bureau to “prevent, prepare for,

And respond to coronavirus, domestically or internationally,” the request did not appear to be related to the economic fallout of the pandemic,

Which lawmakers are rushing to address before expanded jobless aid expires later this week.

Asked Monday what a new FBI building had to do with the novel coronavirus, Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.) said……

 


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