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‘I Just Don’t Get It’: Republicans Balk at Funding F.B.I. Building in Virus Bill

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J Edgar Hoover BuildingMitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate majority leader, looked startled on Monday when first asked why Republicans had agreed to a White House demand that $1.75 billion for a new F.B.I. building be tucked into their emergency coronavirus relief bill.

Senator Richard C. Shelby of Alabama, the chairman of the Appropriations Committee, framed the item as a Trump administration priority, not a Republican one. Other Republicans were more blunt.

“I don’t know — that makes no sense to me” said Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close ally of President Trump’s. “I’d be fine, OK, with stripping it out.”

By Tuesday afternoon, another chapter in Mr. Trump’s long, strange and, to his critics, ethically questionable odyssey to personally shape the future of the J. Edgar Hoover Building seemed headed to a close as Republicans distanced themselves from key elements of their own coronavirus relief bill.

TVNL Comment: It makes perfect sense if you understand that Trump wants no competition to his hotel.  Read on.

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