Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, introduced a resolution as "the first step toward decentralizing federal agencies," the Washington Examiner reports.
"Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates," he said Tuesday. "As it stands, decision makers at various agencies are largely shielded from the impact of their decisions.
"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," he added. "I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to identify locations where these agencies can best serve the American people."
Chaffetz contends that the increased ease of communication thanks to modern technology allows federal agencies to operate outside of Washington, D.C.. His resolution claims a correlation between the high number of agencies in D.C. and the high median income in the surrounding area.
Some agencies "should be relocated outside the District of Columbia," the resolution said. It also requested that agency heads "recommend appropriate alternate locations throughout the United States to which their respective agency or military department can be relocated."
Steven Price, Townsquare Media, Inc. chairman and CEO, as well as former deputy assistant secretary of defense during George W. Bush's first administration, argued in favor of relocating federal offices out of the District, CNN reports.
"It's time to move the federal government out of Washington," he wrote in September.
"In one bold move, it would bring the federal government closer to the people, reduce the threat a major act of terrorism would pose to our nation's capital, and create new jobs and new infrastructure throughout the country. But, perhaps most importantly, it would renew faith that our government exists not to serve the wealthy or the connected, but all the people."
He agrees with Chaffetz' resolution that relocation would bring economic benefits, albeit at a detriment to Washington.
"While the Washington, D.C. area will surely experience slower growth under this plan, the rest of the country would secure enormous economic and cultural benefits that will come from bringing our government closer to the people it is supposed to represent. We will become more cohesive as a nation, more united in our purpose, safer and more prosperous."
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