“I’d prefer the Dome remain a monument to our nation’s greatness and not become a symbol for short-sighted austerity,” said Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), ranking member on the Appropriations Committee.
The Senate might be more sympathetic to these concerns. In separate interviews with Roll Call, Sens. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and John Hoeven (R-N.D.), the chairman and ranking member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch, respectively, indicated that they would be looking to restore some funding for the Capitol dome restoration project.
Goldberg says he is cautiously optimistic.
“Based on what we’ve heard, we’re hopeful that at the end of the day, the money will be put there,” he said. “Our larger goal is we want to get to the point where we don’t have to fight this every single year … and to educate lawmakers that they are stewards of the Capitol and they have to take care of it.”
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.