Republicans Slam GSA's $400 Million Courthouse Plan

Monday, 20 Aug 2012 12:31 PM

By Alec Weisman

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Two Republican congressman are criticizing the planned expenditure of $400 million to build a third federal courthouse and new federal office building in Los Angeles, calling it a waste of taxpayer money.
 
According to the Los Angeles Times, California Rep. Jeff Denham and Pennsylvania Rep. Bill Shuster say the building proposal from the General Services Administration is unnecessary because the two existing courthouses and other office buildings are adequate enough to accommodate federal judges and federal employees.
 
The GSA proposal calls for consolidating the judges and employees in the new, "centralized" facilities and selling off at least one of the older courthouse buildings to a private developer.  
 
But Denham, who heads the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Public Buildings, calls it a "sham," because of a Government Accountability report suggesting there's plenty of room to accommodate all the judges at the Edward R. Roybal Courthouse, which was built in 1993.
 
Shuster also blamed the federal judicial system wasteful spending saying it was "outrageous that judges insist upon having their own courtrooms when they don't use them, when they spend much of the time vacant."

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