Legislation spearheaded by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) would task the Architect of the Capitol with designating electric-car recharging stations in Senate garages.
Alexander’s aide said the bill, which deals only with Senate property, will likely get House passage in keeping with a tradition in which one side defers to the other side’s chamber-specific priorities.
But Dave Holtz, a spokesman for Rep. Dale Kildee, is not so sure. The Michigan Democrat has introduced legislation that would put electric-car charging stations in House garages, and it has seen no movement so far.
Holtz said that while passage of the Senate bill could compel House leadership to take up Kildee’s bill, the chamber’s caucus of very conservative Republicans is likely to wield its influence against promoting electric cars — and spending any money on them — in either side of the Capitol.
Library of Congress Lactation Center Opens
Several months in the making, the first of two lactation centers at the Library of Congress is open for business.
Nan Ernst, chief steward for the LOC’s professional guild, announced Friday that the Madison Building’s center opened last month to the cheers of “about 40 employees.”
The former staff lounge was transformed into a lactation center by the AOC, as designed by LOC’s facility services department. The center, which provides “a private, secure and sanitary environment for nursing mothers,” is accessible through an enrollment process with the Health Services Office.
“I am so proud of the Library of Congress for dedicating resources to working mothers and opening this wonderful facility,” Ernst told Roll Call.
Construction of a lactation facility in the John Adams Building is in the planning stages.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.