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Capitol Dome damage is so bad, 'We're going to lose it,' warns senator
Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2014 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 04/25/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Lawmakers are rallying around the 150-year-old U.S. Capitol Dome, weather-whipped and torn open by acid rain, worried that if an 11th-hour restoration isn’t fully funded, its most important traits could be lost forever.

“If this work isn't done,” warned Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., “we're going to lose the dome, we're going to lose it as it truly, historically is.”

A big fix, added Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is needed, “so that we don't lose these treasures forever.”

The two Senate appropriators are joining to help Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers secure the money needed to complete the $60 million restoration projection, set to go into final stages next month with the erection of scaffolding to surround the whole dome, just like that done recently at the Washington Monument.

The interior is also in need of restoration, and the Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed as interior safety netting is installed to begin that $21 million project.

Pockmarked with about 300 cracks and broken stone about a dozen years ago, there are now 1,300 cracks in the dome’s exterior covered with a dozen layers of lead-based paint that allow water to seep in and stain the interior. Some stone carvings are so damaged that it’s hard to make them out...

Congress is expected to fund the project, one of over 20 emergency fixes on the Capitol campus, and Ayers said it should be done in time for the next presidential Inauguration in January 2017.

The House has moved forward with funding, and the Senate is expected to follow in May. One insider suggested that members would rather spend less on it, but realize that restoring a piece of American history can’t be skimped on.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: US: District of Columbia; US: New Hampshire; US: North Dakota
KEYWORDS: districtofcolumbia; jeanneshaheen; johnhoeven; newhampshire; northdakota
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A four-foot tall "baby" on the House side of the U.S. Capitol shows the years of damage a restoration hopes to erase. Photo from Architect of the Capitol.

A four-foot tall

1 posted on 04/25/2014 8:09:29 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Have a great day, all.


2 posted on 04/25/2014 8:10:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

GOOD, I HOPE the WHOLE Damn thing(The Entire “Capitol Bldg”) COLLAPSES!


3 posted on 04/25/2014 8:10:48 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: SunkenCiv

It ain’t rotting from acid rain. It’s melting from the inside from all that methane from the BS those guys spew. They’re all worthless. I wouldn’t fix it until they’re all thrown out.


4 posted on 04/25/2014 8:11:05 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ll make them a deal. If they return the federal government to what it was when the capitol was built, I’ll give them whatever is required to restore the capitol dome to its former glory.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 8:11:28 AM PDT by RightFighter (It was all for nothing.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If it isn’t one dome thing, it’s another...


6 posted on 04/25/2014 8:11:32 AM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: SunkenCiv

7 posted on 04/25/2014 8:12:05 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: SunkenCiv
and torn open by acid rain

Haven't heard much about acid rain since the 1990s.

Talk of it disappeared with talk of "ozone holes".

8 posted on 04/25/2014 8:12:09 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: RightFighter

Kudos


9 posted on 04/25/2014 8:13:08 AM PDT by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Sixty million...

I can’t help but laugh out loud as I watch these idiots act as if a $60 million dollar expenditure would be something they would give a fig about.

Fiscal conservancy? LMAO


10 posted on 04/25/2014 8:13:32 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Immigration Reform is job NONE. It isn't even the leading issue with Hipanics. Enforce our laws.)
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To: Lazamataz
Well of COURSE it was damaged.

President Ike refused to make the necessary repairs in the 1950s.

11 posted on 04/25/2014 8:13:32 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SunkenCiv

Isn’t the capital dome figuratively on fire?

Kind of like what happened to the Reichstag?


12 posted on 04/25/2014 8:13:34 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: SunkenCiv

13 posted on 04/25/2014 8:13:57 AM PDT by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: SunkenCiv

14 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:07 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Lazamataz

I really really liked that one Tom Clancy book...


15 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:12 AM PDT by Gaffer (Comprehensive Immigration Reform is just another name for Comprehensive Capitulation)
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To: SunkenCiv

The baby looks this way as God tries to remind us the damage the abortion advocates have done to this USA. This building and many others in D.C. are so responsible for the American holocaust.


16 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:17 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: SunkenCiv

$60 million is chump change - take it out of the IRS and BLM SWAT team budget


17 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:18 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: US Navy Vet

I bet the thing implodes from disrepair and the elites blame it on the Bundy militia “terrorists”.


18 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:22 AM PDT by Mrs.Z
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To: US Navy Vet

I agree, let the thing collapse, we would be better served if there was less marble and stone and more steel and concrete in Washington...

We have built temples to the false idols of government let the whole damn thing collapse.


19 posted on 04/25/2014 8:14:34 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: SunkenCiv

Is “the baby” in the path of runoff water? If so, it would erode regardless of the pH of the H2O.


20 posted on 04/25/2014 8:15:01 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SunkenCiv

Start fixin’ from the inside out.


21 posted on 04/25/2014 8:15:04 AM PDT by maggief
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To: a fool in paradise

DADBURNIT! BEAT ME TO IT!


22 posted on 04/25/2014 8:15:15 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: US Navy Vet

twould be a shame if Barry....managed to be UNDER the Dowm when it fell.


23 posted on 04/25/2014 8:15:48 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe they could have used some of that mosque building in foreign lands money or perhaps the penis washing money but it’s too late....we’re broke and it’s not worth saving. Let it resign itself to the fate of another DemonRat controlled city....Detroit.


24 posted on 04/25/2014 8:17:42 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Oh that they would treasure what really matters. Keep promoting abortion and forcing all Americans to pay for it.


25 posted on 04/25/2014 8:17:51 AM PDT by petitfour
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To: SunkenCiv

If the Constitution is lost, who gives a crap about a building?


26 posted on 04/25/2014 8:18:15 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: GeronL

Crumbling like their failed schemes.


27 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:02 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.-JFK)
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To: GeronL

“$60 million is chump change - take it out of the IRS and BLM SWAT team budget”

Thanks, GeronL .... you beat me to the punchline.

Just WHY do all these agencies need SWAT teams? Dept. of re-edukation, BLM, et al????

Waste, fraud and abuse - tell Mooch and Zippy to skip just ONE more vacation this year and we can have millions to fix up the precious Kapital.


28 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:34 AM PDT by WaterWeWaitinFor (Would Winston Churchill stand still for all this nonsense? Cruz our new Churchill?)
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To: SunkenCiv

60 million dollars! Just send up some brave workers with backpack sprayers full of Polyimide and seal it all up.

Idiots, all of them.


29 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:37 AM PDT by soycd
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To: SunkenCiv

Our Republic is so damaged we’ve lost it.


30 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:45 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: SunkenCiv

Lee Iacocca led a very successful PRIVATE fundraising drive to restore the Statue of Liberty in the 1980’s.

I am sure that more than enough Americans would be willing to contribute to help restore the Capitol Dome.

No need for spending even MORE tax dollars on this.


31 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:49 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: US Navy Vet

I would encourage Pelosi to hold her press conferences underneath the Dome.


32 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:54 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (I never thought anyone could make Jimmy Carter look good in comparison.)
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To: SunkenCiv

If it were not for the fact that the Capital Building is a monument owned by the American people I wouldn’t mind seeing that dome fall on that criminal Harry Reid.


33 posted on 04/25/2014 8:19:55 AM PDT by puppypusher ( The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Encase it in amber to quarantine the damaging spatial rifts.


34 posted on 04/25/2014 8:20:08 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: SunkenCiv

Gee, I guess then the Senators are just going to have to telecommute.


35 posted on 04/25/2014 8:20:40 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SunkenCiv

The House should make these repairs by recovering funding from one or more of hussein’s “Wreck America” project. They could do it, but won’t. They’re evidently in cahoots with him.


36 posted on 04/25/2014 8:22:40 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SunkenCiv
Paul "Acid Rain" Bedard:

No one knows Washington secrets like Paul Bedard. This longtime D.C. reporter joined the Washington Examiner in early 2012 after penning U.S. News & World Report's premiere political column, "Washington Whispers," for more than a decade.

37 posted on 04/25/2014 8:22:42 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: a fool in paradise

The Baby Statue?? ..it’s for the children


38 posted on 04/25/2014 8:23:46 AM PDT by kdot
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To: a fool in paradise
it would erode regardless of the pH of the H2O

The Grand Canyon was formed with a little runoff H2O

39 posted on 04/25/2014 8:23:49 AM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: SunkenCiv

Perhaps it would be a gray day in DC were the dome to collapse,, especially during Obama’s last SOTU..

or perhaps, a parade would be in order.


40 posted on 04/25/2014 8:24:30 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: US Navy Vet
GOOD, I HOPE the WHOLE Damn thing(The Entire “Capitol Bldg”) COLLAPSES!

When they are in or out of session?

41 posted on 04/25/2014 8:24:33 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: a fool in paradise
Haven't heard much about acid rain since the 1990s. Talk of it disappeared with talk of "ozone holes".

I was a kid in the 80s. I remember the big "acid rain" scare...it was going to eat the paint off our cars!

I think liberal crises are like fashion trends. Wait a decade or two and they are "back in" and served to a new generation. Expect the "population bomb" to be dusted off and becoming the next lefty crisis du jour.
42 posted on 04/25/2014 8:24:44 AM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: SunkenCiv

They’ve done far greater damage, actively or neglectfully, to the Constitution.


43 posted on 04/25/2014 8:25:12 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (When I first read it, " Atlas Shrugged" was fiction)
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To: Mark17

During little bastard boy’s 2015 State of the Union address of course.


44 posted on 04/25/2014 8:25:41 AM PDT by MHGinTN
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To: SunkenCiv

How much did they spend on obamacare web programming?

How much did they spend on obamacare advertising?

Sixty million to fix the dome? Pocket change, rounding error. Pffft.


45 posted on 04/25/2014 8:25:50 AM PDT by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Surprised we haven’t torn it down already to construct a new “3M-Sprint Congressional Stadium” with deluxe skyboxes.

Tradition is dead in this country.


46 posted on 04/25/2014 8:27:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SunkenCiv

“Torn open by acid rain”? Maybe living in Washington DC is more like living on Venus than I thought.


47 posted on 04/25/2014 8:28:25 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: SunkenCiv

I took my family to DC in March and we visited the Capitol. The rotunda is absolutely beautiful. You could spend a full day in there. Amazing history.


48 posted on 04/25/2014 8:28:46 AM PDT by Wyatt's Torch
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To: petitfour

Sell off some treasures from the Smithsonian. A lot of it is pop-culture fandom prop storage anyway, not artifacts of American history.


49 posted on 04/25/2014 8:29:06 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: SunkenCiv

I think they should replace/rebuild it with all that ammo they’ve been buying. Makes sense both fiscally and symbolically.


50 posted on 04/25/2014 8:29:19 AM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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