With the House floor clear of members, workers from the Architect of the Capitol are at work high above the chamber.
Workers are constructing ďan extensive scaffolding system necessary for cleaning, painting and restoration work on the ceiling,Ē House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving said in a notice issued shortly before the August recess.
The House floor and gallery will be closed to members, staff and visitors through Sept. 6 for the renovations. Access to the Speakerís Lobby is also restricted.
The chief administrative officer is taking advantage of the chamberís closure to perform electrical and mechanical work. Fliers from the AOC posted on the galleryís doors alert passersby to additional work on the Speakerís rostrum.
Tours of the House floor and public access to the galleries should return to normal hours of operation no later than Sept. 9, when the House returns to session.
Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., left, David Goldman, center, and Arvind Chawdra right, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction. Goldman and Chawdra are fathers whose children were abducted by their mothers and taken abroad.
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.