Hoeven has been one of Capitol Hill’s biggest champions for giving the Architect of the Capitol the $61 million necessary for the second phase of restoring the Capitol Dome.
In addition to posing safety risks and putting strain on aging iconic buildings, Ayers emphasized that the longer certain projects are postponed, the more expensive they will become, citing the projected decline of various buildings along the Facility Condition Index.
“While several facilities are still trending beyond a ‘good’ condition, we are finding recently assessed facilities rated ‘fair’ or ‘poor’ are getting worse,” Ayers said. “These system renewal projects become more costly the longer they are deferred, and as such, facility conditions will continue to deteriorate.”
The need to fund the second phase of Capitol Dome restoration before that project became too exorbitantly expensive was not lost on the House appropriators who included the authorization in the continuing resolution. That funding measure is set to be considered on the floor this week.
House Legislative Branch Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Rodney Alexander, R-La., and ranking member Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., also suggested Tuesday that they are sensitive generally to the AOC’s narrative about the importance of being proactive in preserving the integrity of the Capitol grounds and structures.
Even in the face of angry constituents at town hall meetings back in members’ districts, Alexander said, “We can’t argue that we’re saving money if it’s going to cost more money later on.”
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
Roll Call has launched a new feature, Hill Navigator, to advise congressional staffers and would-be staffers on how to manage workplace issues on Capitol Hill. Please send us your questions anything from office etiquette, to handling awkward moments, to what happens when the work life gets too personal. Submissions will be treated anonymously.