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New FBI headquarters will take more than a decade to build, as agency struggles with ‘obsolete’ space

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By Jory Heckman Federal buildings officials say the FBI needs a new headquarters building to replace the “obsolete” and “failing” J. Edgar Hoover (JEH) Building in downtown Washington, D.C. But even in a best-case scenario, it’ll take more than a decade for FBI employees to relocate to a new suburban headquarters, according to the Biden administration’s latest plans. The General Services Administr...

Chairman Perry Statement from Hearing on FBI’s Real Estate Needs

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By Justin Harclerode Washington, D.C. - Opening remarks, as prepared, of Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Subcommittee Chairman Scott Perry (R-PA) from today’s hearing, entitled, “From Headquarters Building to Field Offices: Examining the FBI’s Real Estate Needs and Strategy”: The FBI has a massive real estate portfolio across this country, comprised of a headquarte...

'I'm not gonna get rolled': Controversial spying law reignites infighting among House Republicans

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By Ken Tran A controversial spying law is set to reignite tensions between House Republicans this week as conservative hard-liners and members of the intelligence community fight over the scope of how the law should be overhauled under a time crunch. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Authority Act, also called FISA, is set to expire April 19, meaning time is running short for Congress to reaut...

The Walls Are Closing in on Mike Johnson’s Speakership

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By Riley Rogerson and Reese Gorman After a two-week recess away from Capitol Hill, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) was clearly hoping his House GOP colleagues would come back to Washington, put past issues behind them, and tackle the current challenges in a spirit of understanding and unity. That didn’t happen. As one senior GOP staffer put it, what Johnson actually came back to is best described as a...

House Conservatives Tank FISA Vote In Blow To Speaker Mike Johnson

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By Arjun Singh The House of Representatives on Wednesday blocked a bill to reauthorize a controversial provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), dealing a blow to House Speaker Mike Johnson’s leadership. Section 702 of FISA enables the U.S. government to operate large-scale electronic surveillance programs, which have been heavily criticized by congressional Republicans and so...

Trump’s abortion stance prompts pushback from Lindsey Graham as others rally behind former president

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By Elizabeth Elkind, Julia Johnson A top Republican senator and Trump-endorser is among those criticizing the former president over his Monday announcement on abortion, in which he claimed restrictions on the procedure should be decided by individual states. "I respectfully disagree with President Trump’s statement that abortion is a states’ rights issue," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a st...

House GOP Ukraine skeptics draw battle lines ahead of funding fight

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By Elizabeth Elkind Members of the ultra-conservative House Freedom Caucus and their allies are drawing lines in the sand ahead of what’s expected to be an intense inter-GOP battle over additional aid for Ukraine. The House of Representatives is expected to take up the issue of Ukraine and supplemental foreign aid the week after next, three sources told Fox News Digital. Freedom Caucus Chairman Bo...

With Federal Office Buildings 'Mostly Empty,' Pressure Grows To Cut Space Faster

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By Emily Wishingrad While the effects of the pandemic on private sector office usage have become increasingly clear, the future of the federal footprint is still largely up in the air. The fate of these millions of square feet of offices is an unanswered question worth billions of taxpayer dollars. Federal government agencies are using just 12% of the space in their headquarters buildings on avera...

Lawmakers brace for brutal new government spending fight on heels of last shutdown battle

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By Elizabeth Elkind , Julia Johnson Spending hawks in Congress are growing antsy about starting discussions on how to fund the government in fiscal year 2025. Congress only recently completed the appropriations process for fiscal year 2024, roughly six months after it began Sept. 30. And, in that time, disagreements over federal funding prompted conservative lawmakers to tank their own party’s bil...

House passes $1.2T federal spending bill, sending measure to Senate ahead of midnight shutdown

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By Josh Christenson The House narrowly passed a $1.2 trillion federal spending bill on Friday — which the Senate will have to vote through quickly and send to President Biden for his signature before a partial shutdown at midnight. The lower chamber voted 286-134 to approve the 1,012-page bill to fund the State Department, the Pentagon and the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Homel...

Full List of Republicans Who Voted Against Mike Johnson's Funding Bill

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By Katherine Fung More than half of the Republican conference voted against GOP House Speaker Mike Johnson's omnibus funding bill, rebuking the leader's efforts to avoid a shutdown ahead of Friday's deadline. The House voted on the spending package brokered by Johnson on Friday, passing the bill by a vote of 286 to 134. The bill needed 280 votes to pass. But while the legislation garnered enough b...

‘If You Fund It, You Own It’: House Freedom Caucus Encourages Republicans To Tank Second Funding Package

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By Mary Lou Masters Conservative House Freedom Caucus (HFC) members encouraged Republicans to vote against the second appropriations package on Friday that provides $1.2 trillion in funding for the rest of the fiscal year to avert a government shutdown. The 1,012-page legislation funds the agencies for Homeland Security, Defense; Financial Services and General Government; Labor, U.S. Department of...

Congress rushes to approve $1.2 trillion spending package ahead of midnight deadline

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By Jennifer Shutt The U.S. House approved a broadly bipartisan $1.2 trillion spending package Friday, sending the legislation to the Senate ahead of a midnight deadline. Senators have just hours to clear the measure for President Joe Biden’s signature, otherwise parts of the federal government will begin a funding lapse early Saturday. Meeting that benchmark will require agreement from all 100 sen...

Conservatives furious at Johnson for waiving GOP's 72-hour rule on $1.2T government funding bill

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By Elizabeth Elkind GOP hardliners are furious that Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., appears poised to jettison the House GOP Conference’s rule on giving lawmakers 72 hours to review bill text before having to vote on it. Congressional leaders released their 1,012-page, $1.2 trillion spending package just after 3 a.m. ET on Thursday, less than 48 hours before the government funding deadline at midnigh...

Conservatives rail against funding package: ‘An abomination’

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By Mychael Schnell House conservatives are already hammering away at the $1.2 trillion spending package congressional leaders unveiled overnight, airing their grievances as the chamber races to vote on the legislation ahead of Friday’s partial shutdown deadline. In a slew of social media posts and interviews Thursday, hard-liners blasted the six-bill package’s hefty price tag, criticized the dead-...