U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, renewed her efforts to move the federal agency’s headquarters out of “swampy” Washington, DC, and closer to those most affected by the agencies’ decisions. Ernst is partnering with U.S. Representative Bill Johnson, R-Ohio, on bicameral legislation called the Swamp Act it would move the federal bureaucracy out of the Beltway and closer to the communities and stakeholders it serves.
“The people of Iowa may not even realize it, but many of the critical decisions in our country’s federal government – that impact the lives of people across the country – are taken by unelected bureaucrats whose headquarters are almost exclusively concentrated in and around Washington,” Ernst said. “How could people living inside the DC Beltway bubble know what’s best for the more than 320 million Americans who don’t? It’s time we moved these federal agencies from the swamp of Washington, DC, and closer to the people who know best the needs of their states, farms, and community businesses.
“Washington DC’s swamp culture isolates career bureaucrats and political elites from the American people, who pay their salaries. It’s this complete lack of empathy for the plight of the average American family and small business owner that keeps the swamp alive and growing. This is why I introduced the Swamp Act in the House. It’s time to allow other cities, if they choose, to host federal government agencies to ensure that isolated, unelected career bureaucrats can begin to immerse themselves in the American fabric and live among the people they are committed to serve. It’s time to drain the swamp,” Johnson said..
The Strategic Agency Withdrawal for Meaningful Placement – or SWAMP – Act aims to distribute agency headquarters across geographically diverse regions of the country to help ensure that agencies focus on the stakeholders most affected by their decisions, and not on the whims of bureaucracy in Washington, while providing good, stable jobs in new parts of the country.
Currently, the headquarters of nearly all executive agencies are clustered in and around Washington, DC, concentrating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the area. This legislation creates a bidding process that allows states, cities, and towns across the country to compete to become an agency’s new headquarters.