And while Crenshaw would not relent to pressure from his Democratic counterparts as the House prepared to pass its legislative branch spending bill, he told Roll Call before the August recess that he had always hoped that Congress would find the money for the project sooner rather than later, "whether it was for fiscal 2013 or before we reached fiscal 2014."
Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith would not say how the Speaker planned to proceed in light of Schumer's letter. Smith did say that fixing the Dome does not have to be a partisan issue.
"The Speaker is confident we can work together to fix the Capitol Dome without more political posturing from Senator Schumer," he said.
Correction: Aug. 27, 5:57 p.m.
An earlier version of this article misstated the vote total on the fiscal 2013 legislative branch spending bill. The bill was approved by the committee 22-8, while the amendment on Capitol Dome repairs was approved by a 26-3 vote. The earlier version also incorrectly stated that Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) offered the amendment to include $61 million for funding for the Capitol Dome repairs. It was offered by full committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and ranking member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).
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