Several Maryland state and local leaders rallied Friday for the FBI to move its headquarters to Prince George’s County.
Two of the final three sites under consideration for FBI headquarters are in Landover and Greenbelt. A third site under consideration is in Northern Virginia.
Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks was joined at a news conference held Friday by U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, who represents Maryland’s 5th Congressional District, Maryland U.S. Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and U.S. Reps. Anthony Brown, D-District 4, and Kweisi Mfume, D-District 7.
The leaders are petitioning for FBI headquarters to be built in Prince George’s County, saying it would bring many opportunities.
“Our sites in Prince George’s County help advance President (Joe) Biden’s executive order on advancing racial equity and support for underserved communities through the federal government,” Alsobrooks said.
“These are the two best sites, the least-expensive sites, the most transit-friendly sites,” Hoyer said.
“Prince George’s County is the best place for the FBI, and Baltimore City and Baltimore County stand totally in lockstep with these efforts. We will not go away, we will not shirk our responsibility, and we will continue to call it out to make sure that one set of rules remains,” Mfume said in a statement.
Leaders said the search for a new headquarters site has been a yearslong battle and recent changes by the General Services Administration have not helped. The new headquarters is mandated to be close to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
Plenty of time remains before a final decision will be made.