Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, has written a letter to the General Services Administration (GSA) expressing her concerns about the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building in San Francisco. The letter questions the GSA’s plans for the building and suggests that it should be shut down permanently, as federal workers have been told to work from home due to crime, drugs, and violence in the area.
Joni Ernst Explains the House of Horrors the Nancy Pelosi Federal Building in SF Has Become https://t.co/0lZTv359DY
Only in blue governed places does this happen. Wake up America!!!
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The building, which houses various federal agencies including the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has been plagued by safety concerns. Employees have been chased with hammers and threatened with knives, and the area surrounding the building has seen a rise in crime, drug dealing, and overdoses. A chain-link security fence has been installed, but drug users and dealers still loiter in the vicinity.
Senator Ernst highlights the irony of the situation, noting that while Pelosi opposes a border wall to protect Americans, she had no issue with a wall of fencing being erected around the federal office building named after her. The senator argues that the building, which was meant to represent efficient government and a safe workplace, has become the opposite.
In her letter, Senator Ernst calls for the building to be shut down and for its workers to be relocated to other federal facilities in the area. She criticizes the city’s inability to control crime and argues that if it is not safe for federal employees to work there, it cannot be safe for businesses to operate or families to live in the area. The senator also questions the GSA about the number of employees affected, the extent of threats and crimes reported, security measures taken, and the cost of maintaining the building.
This is not the first time Senator Ernst has sought answers from the Biden administration regarding telework policies and the wastefulness of keeping empty federal office buildings operational. She remains committed to ensuring the safety and efficiency of government workplaces.