July 28, 2020 Ethan Rothstein, Deputy Managing Editor
Tucked into the pages of Senate Republican’s trillion-dollar coronavirus relief package proposal on Monday was a provision that would grant the FBI $1.75B to tear down the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue and build a new headquarters in its place.
The funding provision was a demand from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Republican representing Kentucky, said Monday.
When asked why the funding was placed in a package to help the country fight the coronavirus pandemic, The Washington Post reports that the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby, answered, “Good question.”
The Hoover building has been in a state of disrepair for years, and hundreds of millions were spent on a search to replace it as the FBI’s headquarters with a facility in suburban Maryland or Virginia. But shortly after President Donald Trump took office, the federal government backtracked on that work and pushed to keep the FBI on Pennsylvania Avenue, three blocks from Trump’s hotel at the Old Post Office building.