Andre Carson

The government spends $1.7 billion a year on 770,000 empty buildings, and one Central Valley congressman is fed up

The government spends $1.7 billion a year on 770,000 empty buildings, and one Central Valley congressman is fed up

The federal government spends more than $1.7 billion a year to maintain 770,000 empty buildings while other agencies are leasing or buying new space, and Rep. Jeff Denham is fed up.

“This is something that hasn’t been handled in Republican or Democrat administrations because it’s too big of a bureaucracy,” Denham (R-Turlock) said in an interview in his office. “There’s no incentive for the agencies to sell.”

He said if politicians are going to talk about cutting government waste, selling empty buildings is a good start.

Denham has tried repeatedly to create a federal panel to streamline the sale of federal property. On Tuesday,...

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