Decentralizing the federal government

The most pointless piece of legislation ever passed by Congress was Section 4 US Code 72, which states:

(July 30, 1947, ch. 389, 61 Stat. 643.)
That may have served a purpose in 1947, but it serves none in 2017.  Four of the five richest counties in the United States are suburbs of DC.  There’s no need for that. With the advent of internet and high speed communications, two people can talk just as easily on opposite sides of the country as they can in the same city.  Imagine the impact of taking some of these huge bloated bureaucracies and putting them in Appalachia, the Midwest, or the Southwestern deserts.  Northern Virginia would lose some, but hell, they still would have all the lobbyists, corporations lobbying, embassies, etc..  They’d still be rich.  The only thing different would be the poor areas not being quite as poor.
Additionally, I have experienced the “Inside the Beltway” mentality.  It’s real.  A lot of very powerful people behave very differently INSIDE the Beltway than they do outside.  Maybe if we gave them more reasons to be walking amongst the common folk they’d think a little more responsibility.
Representative Jason Chaffetz gets it, exactly.  And, he knows the root of the legal problem:

Government needs to be closer to the people it regulates. As it stands, decision makers at various agencies are largely shielded from the impact of their decisions. Housing federal agencies in a city with one of the highest median incomes in the United States is not only expensive, but keeps federal bureaucrats in an economic and political bubble that offers a distorted view of the realities facing this country.

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. I look forward to working with my colleagues on legislation to identify locations where these agencies can best serve the American people.

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Tell your Representative to support HR 38.  It’s not enough to get the job done, but it’s a step in the right direction.  4 USC 72 needs to be repealed.  It does more damage than good now.  And quite frankly, with the advent of the threat of nuclear weapons falling into the hands of terrorists and rogue nations like North Korea and Iran, a decentralized federal government is a hell of a lot better idea than having the entire functioning government in one easy target.

Please sign the petition at to let Conressman Chaffetz know you support his effort.