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 Domeís 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 Committeeís 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.
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.