Van Hollen Discusses Local Priorities with Prince George’s County Council
U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) today met with members of the Prince George's County Council to discuss issues facing the Council and communities across the County, and federal priorities for the region.
"Prince George's County is working on a wide range of priorities, from improving our transportation systems and building the Purple Line, to affordable housing and health care, to securing the site selection for the new consolidated FBI headquarters," said Senator Van Hollen. "Unfortunately, President Trump's proposed budget cuts to programs that directly benefit Prince George's County would threaten economic security and equal opportunity in our communities. I pledge to work with the County Council and community leaders at every level to move Maryland priorities forward."
Senator Van Hollen discussed his efforts to ensure the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters Consolidation project moves to Maryland. He recently announced funding in the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus Funding bill to allow the project to move forward - something that the Senator is fighting for despite the fact that President Trump failed to include any funding for this critical project in his budget. The bill includes $323 million in the FBI account and $200 million in the General Services Administration (GSA) account, as well as a commitment from Congress to fund the remainder of the project in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. Two of the final three sites on the GSA shortlist in Maryland, both in Prince George's County. The County and the State have committed support for the project. It would bring nearly 11,000 jobs to Maryland.
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