The new CFPB headquarters boasts amenities and luxuries that rank it with some of the best office buildings in the world.
The agency has been criticized for its lengthy delays and massive cost overruns to build the new office.
From The Daily Caller:
Taxpayers no longer have to wonder how their money has been spent at the newly renovated headquarters at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Mick Mulvaney, the CFPB’s acting director, graciously allowed The Daily Caller News Foundation to take an exclusive tour on Feb. 1 of the federal office — founded by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts — that has been widely criticized for cost overruns and extravagance.
A June 2014 Inspector General report concluded there was “no sound basis” for the agency’s renovation cost estimates. Shortly thereafter, the contracting for the building was transferred from the bureau to the General Services Administration, that oversaw the current renovation.
Martin Michalosky, the bureau’s chief administrative officer, escorted TheDCNF on the tour. He was helpful and courteous as this DCNF reporter walked through the six stories of the building that sits across the street from the White House.
The first thing that stands out is that the office space does not feel like a government building at all. It could be an upscale hotel, a college campus or a corporate headquarters.
“There was interest to move this above a Class C Building,” said a CFPB source familiar with the renovation and the operation of the building. “Now it’s a Class A building,” he told TheDCNF.
The Building Owners and Managers Association International, which represents owners and managers of all commercial office buildings, describe Class A buildings as “the most coveted buildings in the marketplace.”
The $124 million spent to date for the 303,000 square foot office building is $409 per square foot, more than Trump World Tower, which cost $334 per square foot or Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel and Casino, priced at $330 per square foot.
It’s also double the $227.64 per square foot construction costs for “Class 1 – Best Quality” of masonry or concrete government buildings as reported in the 2018 National Building Cost Manual, the Bible for construction cost projections.
The new CFPB headquarters areas are very comfortable. The foyer feels like an inviting hotel lobby.
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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has yelled "we march with pink pussy hats!" at a rally in Austin, Texas.
From The Washington Times:
Progressive Texans burst into applause on Friday as Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivered a women’s rights speech with the following rallying cry: “We march with pink pussy hats!”
Annie’s List, a group that aims to recruit progressive women for office in the Lone Star State, turned to the Massachusetts senator this year to energize its members. Ms. Warren’s speech ran the gamut of issues addressed at a nationwide series of Women’s March protests held Jan. 20-21.
“Women know what it’s like to get talked over in meetings, passed over for promotions, and screwed over in salary negotiations,” Ms. Warren told an Austin crowd at Long Center for the Performing Arts. “Nevertheless, we persist. We persist and we march. We march in pink pussy hats! We march carrying hand-made signs! We march with our moms and our sisters and our daughters. And last year we marched in the largest single-day protest in the history of the entire world! Yes!”
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A Cherokee woman is not pleased with Elizabeth Warren trying to play the Native American card.
Rebecca Nagle says Warren has been asked to stop making her Native ancestry claim.
insider.foxnews.com reports: A Cherokee woman joined Jesse Watters to criticize Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for refusing to back down on her claim of Cherokee ancestry.
Watters said Warren was recognized by Harvard University as their first minority female faculty member after the 68-year-old applied to the job as a Native American.
"As a mixed Native woman, I get to relive the stereotypes that Warren perpetuates every day," Rebecca Nagle of Oklahoma told Watters.
"I'm not 'part-Cherokee', I am Cherokee," she said. "[We're] not bit fractions of imagined Indians that used to exist. [Warren should] take responsibility for her false claim."
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