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.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.