Arlington County was Switzerland today. A location not in the fight. Arlington has no site to put up for the FBI to consider for it's headquarters.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - Arlington County was Switzerland today. A location not in the fight. Arlington has no site to put up for the FBI to consider for it's headquarters.
Fairfax, Loudoun, Stafford and Prince William Counties do. Yet, they put aside their biases and came together to present a united front.
Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, Representatives Frank Wolf (R-10th), Jim Moran (D-8th), Gerald Connolly (D-11th), and Robb Wittman (R-1) all said Virginia is best because more FBI employees live in Virginia, and it would be close to other federal facilities concerned with our nation's security.
"We're all here to make sure that its very clear that we are a team. And all of us are pulling together. Virginia, number one. That relocation should go to Virginia," said Fairfax County Chair Sharon Bulova.
"We are here to make sure the FBI headquarters is located in Virginia," said Loudoun County Chair Scott York.
"We have some outstanding sites throughout our region. And we committed today that when the one site in Virginia is selected, we stand united," said Prince William County Supervisor Maureen Caddigan.
"Our focus and our commitment from Stafford County is to do the right thing for the FBI with its mission and put Virginia first," said Stafford County Supervisor Ty Schieber.
But Prince George's county is also lobbying hard. And with Senator Barbara Mikulski from Maryland now chair of the full appropriations committee... this Virginia delegation is worried the Old Dominion will get shut out if they don't speak out.
"If this is an open, transparent process, based on the economics, I think Virginia's going to win, " said Sen. Mark Warner.
Congress will decide the final requirements for a site. The General Services Administration and the FBI will then chose the site. That whole process is expected to take several months.