“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.”
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.