Trump Administration Wants a West-Wing Remodeling Worth $377 Million In Coronavirus Bill
The White House wants to commence a modernization of the West-Wing paid for with $377 million from the next coronavirus relief bill. It is currently unknown when the construction will start and how long it will take to complete. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex will also get a makeover with a new security screening facility. The plans for the West-Wing are faring better than the $1 billion requests for building a new headquarters for the FBI.
The Trump administration pointed to the need to better protect the White House from the coronavirus as a reason the remodeling is needed. They said the modernization would “increase the White House campus’s ability to detect, mitigate and alleviate external security and pandemic threats.” The General Services Administration would spearhead the modernization and they point out that the West-Wing has not been modernized since 1933. The main reason it has been so long being that modernizing the West-Wing requires the President vacating the Oval Office for several months and no President has wanted to make that sacrifice.
President Trump saw some small upgrades in the West Wing in 2017 and the work took about two weeks, but many say there is much greater work to be done. Some of the work involves security technology and many other upgrades that are vital. Although it remains to be seen if Democrats and Republicans will grant Trump the money for the upgrades, it might be necessary by both sides.
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