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Rep. Bill Johnson, Senator Joni Ernst Work to Get Federal Agencies Out of the ‘Swamp’

The bicameral SWAMP Act would move federal agency headquarters out of Washington, DC, and closer to the people most impacted by the agencies’ decisions.

U.S. Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) have introduced the bicameral SWAMP Act. This legislation would require federal agency headquarters to move out of Washington, DC and closer to the people most impacted by the agencies’ decisions:
U.S. Representative Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) and U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) have introduced the bicameral SWAMP Act. This legislation would require federal agency headquarters to move out of Washington, DC and closer to the people most impacted by the agencies’ decisions:

“Washington, DC’s swampy culture insulates 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. That’s why I’ve introduced the SWAMP Act in the House. It’s time to enable other cities, if they choose, to house federal government agencies to ensure that isolated, unelected career bureaucrats can begin living among, and better understand, the people they’ve pledged to serve. It’s time to drain the swamp,” said Rep. Bill Johnson.

“Iowans may not even realize it, but so many of the critical decisions within our nation’s federal government—which impact the lives of folks across the country—are made by unelected bureaucrats with headquarters almost exclusively concentrated in and around Washington,” said Senator Joni Ernst. “How could people living inside the D.C. Beltway bubble possibly know what’s best for the more than 320 million Americans who don’t? It’s about time we move these federal agencies out of swampy Washington, D.C. and closer to the people who know the needs of their states, farms, and community businesses best.”

The Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies for Meaningful Placement—or SWAMP—Act aims to distribute agency headquarters over geographically diverse areas of the nation to help ensure agencies focus on the stakeholders most impacted by their decisions, and not on the whims of the Washington bureaucracy, while also bringing good, stable jobs to new parts of the country. 

Currently, the headquarters of nearly all executive branch agencies are clustered in and around Washington, concentrating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the region. This legislation creates a competitive bidding process that allows states, cities, and towns across the country to compete to be an agency’s new home.