Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) released the following statement after introducing H.Res 38, Divest DC, which expresses Congressional support for the relocation of federal agencies away from Washington, DC. This resolution is the first step in a process to bring government closer to the people by evaluating which agencies might better serve their purpose elsewhere.
“Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates. As it stands, decision makers at various agencies are largely shielded from the impact of their decisions. Housing federal agencies in a city with one of the highest median incomes in the United States is not only expensive, but keeps federal bureaucrats in an economic and political bubble that offers a distorted view of the realities facing this country.
“This resolution is the first step toward decentralizing federal agencies and initiating a process that shares the wealth of stable federal jobs with other communities across the United States. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to identify locations where these agencies can best serve the American people.”