Every now and then politicians actually get a brilliant idea, and this is indeed one of those. Senators Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee and Josh Hawley of Missouri have purposed moving the capital figuratively speaking to the heartland.

The idea to relocate almost 90% of the federal government’s workforce out of Washington, D.C., would eliminate the growing and pervasive disconnect that most Americans feel towards the nation’s capital, as an inhospitable and forbidding place, where faceless bureaucrats are hidden within various layers of departments, along with partisan operatives lurking within the bowels of the deep state. A pervasive culture inoculated within the “Beltway” viewed by the outside world as insular and exclusive.

Indeed, the Blackburn-Hawley idea is a way not only to drain the Beltway swamp; it’s also a way to build up the national economy, including in those places where national and international trends — such as digitalization and globalization — have drained away dollars.

The duo has just proposed legislation called the “HIRE Act” short for “Helping Infrastructure Restore the Economy” Act.

The innovative bill is designed to relocate the tens of thousands of government employees concentrated in Washington, D.C. throughout Middle America, similar to what transpired after WWII, with returning GI’s buying homes and moving to the suburbs.

In this case, the “infrastructure” is the engine of federal spending, which would, of course, lead also to added roads, bridges, and other amenities, serving to accommodate the moved federal employees.

The legislation reads in part, “To require that the headquarters of certain Federal agencies and permanent duty stations of employees of certain Federal agencies be relocated in order to provide an opportunity to build needed infrastructure in certain areas and to share the benefits of Federal employment with economically distressed regions.”

Specifically, the two lawmakers recommend that a total of 10 cabinet departments be moved out of D.C., to designated regions across America.

Some of the departments signaled out would be the Department of Transportation designated to Michigan, the Department of Housing and Urban Development would go to Ohio, and the Department of Veterans Affairs would go to South Carolina, and so on.

Sen. Blackburn would also designate the Department of Education to her home state of Tennessee, while Sen. Hawley would designate the Department of Agriculture, to his home state of Missouri.

No doubt Democrats will look at this proposal as nothing more than “pork-barrel” spending by the Republican duo, and to some degree they’re correct, however if a region has fallen into disrepair “infrastructure” built through roads, highways and bridges revitalizes a community, and benefits all, provided there are jobs waiting at the end, and that’s were this brilliant idea kicks in, relocating federal workers out of the swamp, and back into the heartland.

Whatever we may think of the federal government, one thing regardless of your politics is true, the federal government is a powerful economic engine that would benefit any regain of the country.

Uncle Sam will spend in excess of $5 trillion dollars this year alone; the Blackburn and Hawley bill makes practical sense, in that it dismantles to some degree the pervasive culture that now dominates D.C. while actually spreading those greenbacks around the country, while creating thousands of additional jobs building much needed “infrastructure” and housing in certain regions of the country.

Moreover, today’s technology makes it possible to physically decentralize the federal government, out of Washington, D.C. to other regions around the country.

18 thoughts on “Two GOP Lawmakers Propose Moving Federal Jobs Out of D.C.”
  1. That was started decades ago. Then, in the late ’80s, the Democraps started making Federal Agency presence larger in the Washington, DC area again.

  2. About time … what’s the crime rate there. ? I hear they don’t support their police the protector of the people either.

  3. The only problem I see with this plan is the cost of the whole idea, and the fact that many communities will not want those types of people moving into their neighborhoods.

  4. You know, there is a certain amount of common sense shown in this, something that is usually lacking in everything done in DC. It would certainly piss off the enthroned Democrats in DC, though! Just think of the loss of tax dollars to DC, Maryland, and another Democratic stronghold, Virginia! The Democrats would go nuts! But, I have a better idea… why not just eliminate a few of those Federal Agencies, like the DHS, FEMA, certain functions of the FBI, the IRS, the Department of Education, HUD, the EPA, wow, the list just goes on and on…

  5. As it is intended, this is perhaps a great idea but, financially it would be a national deserter!
    The cost in just relocations of untold thousands of current employees is in calculable with
    no actual proof that the political swamp would not just move along with them.
    The “swamp” is not actually a place but rather a negative heart and mind set within our government.
    That mind set would be the first item packed for some and the first item out of their suitcase with
    such a relocation. I believe it would serve the country best, (if it can be done), to “drain the swamp”
    right where it is without contamination to the rest of our country with a this faulted plan.

  6. This is one of the greatest suggestion,truly a fresh way to change.It,s been proven our government is a disfuncion operation, how can we disagree.

  7. Whatever the govanmint touches, monopolizes, invades, seizes, regulated, controls, any level of government, will invariably turn to trash. Expensive garbage!

  8. A very good idea. It will spread the money spent on federal employees in DC to other needed areas. That’s why the crooked politicians love to live in DC.

  9. As much as I agree with the idea of moving the Capital into the Heartland to break up this cabal of statists and bureaucrats, I don’t want the Heartland ruined like D.C.

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