The Architect of the Capitol is soliciting bids for a contractor for the second phase of repairs to the aging Dome.
But in the fiscal 2013 appropriations cycle, House Republicans on the Appropriations Committee and in leadership balked at the price tag, saying they recognized the importance of moving forward with the Dome’s restoration but were ultimately unable to justify the expense in the current fiscal environment.
The House-passed legislative branch appropriations bill last year did not include the money, while the Senate Appropriations Committee’s bill did.
Advocates for advancing repairs on the Capitol Dome fought for inclusion of the $61 million in the six-month continuing resolution that both parties and chambers agreed would hold at fiscal 2012 levels, save for a few crucial anomalies.
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.