Architect of the Capitol workers clean around the Capitol Visitor Center in October. Despite having a long list of required maintenance projects, the agency may not get much more money next fiscal year.
She said tight budgets in years past have required laying off an attorney, cutting inspectors’ hours by nearly half, eliminating technical assistance, reducing rates of hearing officers, eliminating training for local employees and postponing maintenance on an electronic case-tracking system that “continues to crash.”
“The job we’ve been doing ... is not the job you deserve,” Chrisler said. “Budget cuts seriously threaten our ability to ensure the safety and accessibility of the Congressional workplace and the confidential resolution of workplace disputes. ... Any further cuts will be cutting limbs.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.