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.”
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.