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Senators Hawley, Blackburn Introduce Bill to Move 90% of Jobs in 10 Federal Agencies Outside D.C.

Two GOP senators introduced a bill that would relocate 90% of the jobs across ten federal departments to locations outside of Washington D.C.

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Republican Senators Josh Hawley of Missouri and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee joined forces to introduce a bill that would relocate 90 percent of the jobs across ten federal departments to locations outside of Washington D.C.

The senators said that the purpose of the bill is to help bring some federal economic development “into the heart of economically distressed regions across the country.”

The pair titled the bill the Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy (HIRE) Act.

The bill would affect agencies such as the departments of Agriculture, Education, and Energy, according to the Washington Times.

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Hawley noted that the Agriculture Department has already implemented this concept and brought 600 new jobs to Kansas City.

“Every year Americans’ hard-earned tax dollars fund federal agencies that are mainly located in the D.C. bubble. That’s a big part of the problem with Washington: they’re too removed from the rest of America,” Hawley said in a press release.

He said the bill would also “move policymakers directly into the communities they serve, creating thousands of jobs for local communities and saving taxpayers billions of dollars along the way.”

The Times added:

The legislation calls for moving the Agriculture Department to Missouri and Education Department to Tennessee, the states represented by the bill’s sponsors, as well as moving the Commerce Department to Pennsylvania and Energy Department to Kentucky.

Under the bill, Health and Human Services would move to Indiana; Housing and Urban Development to Ohio; Interior to New Mexico; Labor to West Virginia; Transportation to Michigan, and Veterans Affairs to South Carolina.

“Moving agencies outside of Washington, D.C. both boosts local economies and lowers costs — that’s a winning combination,” Sen. Blackburn said. “This legislation would enable Americans across the country to have greater access to good jobs.”

The liberal government employee unions heavily oppose these moves, naturally.

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