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Republicans Boot FBI Out Of D.C.?


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The Wall Street Journal reported that Jim Jordan, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is advocating for the FBI to construct its new headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, rather than in Washington, D.C. Jordan’s rationale behind this proposition is to eliminate political influence from the agency’s operations. He has even threatened to reduce the bureau’s funding if it does not relocate to the mid-sized city located around 700 miles away from the nation’s capital.

According to Newsmax, The FBI has already planned to move its headquarters from its current location near the White House to the suburbs. However, Republicans are displeased with how the agency has targeted former President Donald Trump, and as a result, they are considering withholding funding for the new facility, as per the Journal report.

In response to this potential budget cut, the agency has expressed concerns that it would have detrimental effects on the support it provides to the American people. The FBI cited several operational reasons for keeping the facility in close proximity to the D.C. area, including its proximity to the agency’s academy in Quantico, Virginia.


As reported by the Federal News Network in April 2021, the Huntsville site is likely to be part of the FBI’s multiyear expansion at the Redstone Arsenal. The Arsenal currently accommodates 860 employees and is projected to grow to approximately 3,400 employees by 2026. The goal of the expansion is to enhance operations, consolidate geographically and functionally dispersed program areas, and establish resilience and continuity of operations in case of an outage or catastrophic event in the national capital region.

The FBI has had a presence at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville for over 50 years, employing over 1,000 individuals in various operational and enterprise capacities, according to the agency’s website. The new facilities at Redstone Arsenal will provide opportunities to strengthen capabilities, forge partnerships, further the agency’s mission, and serve as the FBI’s center of excellence for innovation and technology.

The agency’s current plans involve constructing two campuses at the site to address tactical and specialized training requirements. The FBI stated that its employees at Redstone Arsenal perform tasks such as forensic analysis in a lab environment, data analysis for critical investigations, and monitoring networks for cyberattacks on a daily basis.