Trump admin revives idea of major agency move out of Washington, D.C.

Trump admin revives idea of major agency move out of Washington, D.C.
Secretary Zinke arrives for his first day at Interior on horseback with the Park Police. (Image: Screen grab of Wochit video, YouTube)

[Ed. – There’s no reason to dismiss this out of hand.  But be careful what you wish for.  Of much greater importance is to rein the agencies in — every single last one of them.  It won’t actually be better to put the same agencies in buildings in Colorado or Mississippi.  The federal administration of pre-state territories has a lot to teach us about that.  But it’s so far behind us, it’ll be hard to recapture lessons from that era.]

There hasn’t been so much buzz about getting “Washington” out of Washington since Franklin D. Roosevelt sent 30,000 federal workers to the Midwest…

“We need to find out what we can move,” said Rep. [score]Tim Ryan[/score], a Democrat from Youngstown, Ohio, who is seeking to create a commission that would identify parts of the bureaucracy that could be moved to economically distressed regions like his. A fellow Ohio congressman and political rival, tea party activist [score]Warren Davidson[/score], has mounted a parallel bureaucracy migration push. He calls it the “Drain the Swamp Act.” …

The Trump administration will likely put it to the test soon. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, a Montanan, is aiming to move the headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Reclamation out of Washington as soon as logistically possible. Western politicians like Sen. [score]Corey Gardner[/score] (R-Colo.) are cheering him on. …

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Gardner … wants the bureau headquartered in his state, and Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, has joined Gardner’s lobbying campaign.

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