October 24, 2019

Tim Kauffman

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AFGE Statement on Proposed Legislation to Relocate Federal Headquarters Outside D.C.

Legislation from Sens. Blackburn and Howley “is a solution in search of a problem,” union president says

WASHINGTON – American Federation of Government Employees National President J. David Cox Sr. issued the following statement in response to legislation introduced by Sens. Marsha Blackburn and Josh Hawley that would relocate the headquarters of major federal agencies outside Washington, D.C.: 

“Eighty-five percent of federal employees already live outside the nation’s capital – caring for veterans, supporting our military, processing Social Security and other federal benefits, and carrying out other vital work serving citizens across the country. It is neither cost-effective nor practical to relocate the headquarters of federal agencies away from Washington, where Congress is best equipped to hold political appointees and agency leaders accountable for their actions. This proposed legislation is a solution in search of a problem. Taxpayers would be better served by Congress ensuring federal agencies have the staffing and resources needed to carry out their vital missions.”

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