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President Trump said Wednesday that Senate Republicans who oppose using the next coronavirus stimulus package to fund a new $1.75 billion headquarters for the FBI "should go back to school."

Why it matters: It's yet another public spat between the White House and congressional Republicans over the substance of their stimulus proposal. Trump's insistence on the issue, despite little support from his colleagues in the Senate, could drive another wedge into already protracted negotiations.

  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has publicly opposed including the funding in the final bill.
  • "Obviously we had to have an agreement with the administration in order to get started and they'll have to answer the question of why they insisted on that provision," he told reporters Tuesday.

What he's saying: "So the FBI building, they've been trying to build a new building for many years, many many years. ... It's the best piece of property in Washington. I'm very good at real estate. So I said, 'We'll build a new FBI building, let's build a new FBI building,'" Trump told reporters at the White House.

  • "So we have that in the bill, it should say, 'People have wanted a new FBI building now for 15 or 20 years.'"
  • "Those Republicans should go back to school and learn. You need a new building. It's a bad building, it's a dangerous building ... it's not a good building from the inside, it's a very expensive building."

Between the lines: Trump has long been obsessed with the idea of revamping the FBI building in downtown D.C. — across Pennsylvania Avenue from the Trump International Hotel — with a source telling Axios' Jonathan Swan in 2018 that the president would rant about the "terrible" building.

  • The Justice Department's watchdog opened a probe last year into the administration's move to scrap a plan to move the FBI to a suburban campus amid allegations from Democrats that the president intervened so that a rival hotel could not redevelop the property, per the New York Times.

Go deeper: Senate Republicans criticize their own stimulus bill

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FBI Agents Association: Don't fire Director Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray is sworn in prior to testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 18, 2018. Photo by Win McNamee via Getty Images

FBI Director Christopher Wray should remain in charge of the Bureau, members of the FBI Agents Association (FBIAA) wrote to President Trump and Joe Biden on Wednesday.

Why it matters: If re-elected, the president plans to immediately oust Wray. Trump has been vexed with his second FBI director and would’ve already fired him if he didn’t have to deal with the complications of acting before Nov. 3, one official previously told Axios.

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Senate Democrats settling on 25% corporate tax rate

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The universe of Democratic senators concerned about raising the corporate tax rate to 28% is broader than Sen. Joe Manchin, and the rate will likely land at 25%, parties close to the discussion tell Axios.

Why it matters: While increasing the rate from 21% to 25% would raise about $600 billion over 15 years, it would leave President Biden well short of paying for his proposed $2.25 trillion, eight-year infrastructure package.

GOP pivot: Big business to small dollars

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Republican leaders turned to grassroots supporters and raked in sizable donations after corporations cut them off post-Jan. 6.

Why it matters: If those companies hoped to push the GOP toward the center, they may have done just the opposite by turning Republican lawmakers toward their most committed — and ideologically driven — supporters.

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