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Posted on: December 12, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Statement of County Executive Baker Regarding Efforts from Senator Mikulski

Statement of Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III Regarding Efforts from Senator Mikulski to Successfully Secure $255 Million in Federal Funding for a New Fully Consolidated Headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Upper Marlboro, MD - Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement after Senator Barbara Mikulski successfully secured $255 million in federal funding in the recently-passed Continuing Resolution spending bill for a new fully consolidated headquarters for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This funding is pivotal for providing a new, fully consolidated, secure, headquarters for the 11,000 employees of the FBI. Prince George’s County has two of the final three potential sites at the Greenbelt Metro Station and at the former Landover Mall property in Landover.

“I want to express my sincerest appreciation to and utmost respect for Senator Barbara Mikulski for her relentless determination to secure full funding for a consolidated FBI headquarters. Together with the House of Representative’s action earlier this week in approving additional parameters for the GSA to use in determining where the project will be housed, I am even more hopeful that the additional funding Senator Mikulski secured brings the project one more step closer to a new home in Prince George’s County.

The federal funding builds upon the $390 million Senator Mikulski previously secured in FY 2016 and, together with the proceeds from the sale of the current J. Edward Hoover Building, about half of total project funding has been secured. We are confident our two sites, in either Landover and Greenbelt, are superior by every possible measure—including size, location, project costs, and ability to be built in a timely manner given the importance of the project to our national security. These superior attributes make it inevitable in my opinion that one of our two sites in Greenbelt and Landover will be chosen as the FBI’s new home.

Because of today’s announcement and her other Herculean efforts on this project over the last four years, Prince George’s County and the State of Maryland are closer than ever in achieving this $2 billion dollar project and 11,000 jobs that our nation’s national security infrastructure so desperately needs. As Senator Mikulski steps down from her Senate seat, I have equal confidence that our incredibly talented and powerful Maryland Congressional delegation will take us over the goal line and the FBI’s new home will be in Prince George’s County, Maryland.”

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