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Hoeven, Architect Signal Optimism on Dome Restoration

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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 Domes 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 Committees 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.

Funding for the Dome didnt make the cut.

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