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November 12, 2015

No Hazard Found in Suspicious Vehicle at Capitol


The scene outside the Capitol. (Photo via tipster)

The scene outside the Capitol. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police investigated a suspicious vehicle outside the Capitol for more than an hour Thursday night, though nothing hazardous was found.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told CQ Roll Call there appeared to be a pressure cooker inside the vehicle, which was located on the West Front of the Capitol.  Full story

November 10, 2015

Capitol Worker Strike: More People, New Target One Year Later


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Roughly 100 Capitol workers went on strike Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Last November, seven Capitol workers walked off their jobs to push for higher wages and a union. A year later, more than 10 times as many workers went on strike with the same mission, but a different target.

The seven original strikers from the Capitol Visitor Center marked the first time workers from the U.S. Capitol joined the push for higher wages. On Tuesday morning, roughly 100 workers from the CVC, the Senate and the Capitol went on strike, joining workers from other areas of the federal government to push for $15-an-hour wages and a union. Full story

Capitol Workers to Strike Ahead of GOP Debate


Sanders will once again join the workers at a strike on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sanders will once again join the workers at a strike on Tuesday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hours before a Republican primary debate, workers in the U.S. Capitol are going on strike and calling on the GOP senators running for president to help the workers who serve them.

Senate food-service workers and some cleaning staff are set to walk off their jobs Tuesday morning to call for higher wages and a union. The event is set for Tuesday to highlight GOP presidential contenders who, in the opinion of the striking workers, have been silent on the Capitol workers’ low wages. Full story

November 9, 2015

Alarm Prompts Evacuation of Capitol Power Plant


The Capitol Power Plant heats and cools the Capitol complex. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Power Plant heats and cools the Capitol complex. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Capitol Power plant was evacuated Monday morning due to an audible alarm in the boiler room, though police said there was no fire.

The Capitol Police command center informed CQ Roll Call that an alarm prompted the evacuation, though there was no fire in the room and everything appeared to be alright. The officer did not have more information and didn’t say what prompted the alarm. Full story

November 6, 2015

Gyrocopter Pilot Douglas Hughes: ‘I’m Proud of What I Did’


Hughes to plead guilty to one felony charge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Hughes plans to plead guilty to one felony charge. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Douglas Hughes said Friday he plans to plead guilty to one felony charge related to his gyrocopter flight to the Capitol in April — but he is not ashamed.

The Florida man flew from Pennsylvania to the Capitol on April 15, to deliver letters to Congress pushing for a campaign finance overhaul. He was immediately arrested for breaching restricted airspace and later indicted on two felony and four misdemeanor charges. After several months of negotiations, Hughes is poised to accept a plea deal this month. Full story

November 5, 2015

Hill Makes Pitch for Protected Bike Lanes


(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The commute could get a little easier for cyclists who trek between Union Station and Capitol Hill, if Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers and local transportation officials can agree.

Support for a protected bike lane on Louisiana Avenue has grown steadily in recent months, with the Congressional Bike Caucus and Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen backing the plan. On Wednesday, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., added her voice to the chorus. Full story

November 4, 2015

Senate Leaders Join Dining Boycott


Schumer and Brown pose with Senate workers. (Photo courtesy of Good Jobs Nation)

Schumer and Brown pose with Senate workers. (Photo courtesy Good Jobs Nation)

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., the chamber’s No. 3 Democrat, made a surprise appearance in a Senate cafeteria Wednesday afternoon to join a boycott of the Senate’s food service vendor. Full story

November 2, 2015

Cannon Asbestos Scare Raises Safety Questions


A portion of the Cannon basement is closed for construction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A portion of the Cannon basement is closed for construction. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An asbestos scare in the Cannon House Office Building over the weekend has raised questions about workplace safety, as construction and renovation of the century-old structure continues.

Cannon was closed after work on Oct. 30 and for most of Oct. 31 as engineers and industrial hygienists investigated a potential asbestos leak during the ongoing Cannon Renewal Project. Though preliminary air samples tested negative for the carcinogen, the Architect of the Capitol’s website indicated late on Oct. 31 that “sample results were well below the regulatory limit for general space occupancy.” Full story

November 1, 2015

Cannon Reopens After Asbestos Scare


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Workers surveyed the Cannon tunnel after water damage in August 2011. (Tom Williams/Roll Call File Photo)

Officials have reopened the Cannon House Office Building after an asbestos scare shuttered its doors from late Friday through most of Saturday.

The Architect of the Capitol announced on its website at 11:18 p.m. Saturday that trained professionals and outside analysts had performed tests and determined air samples were “well below the regulatory limit.” Full story

October 30, 2015

Cannon Evacuated for Potential Asbestos Leak


Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers discusses the Cannon House Office Building renewal project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers discusses the Cannon House Office Building renewal project. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Cannon House Office Building was evacuated Friday night for a potential asbestos leak, and the building is closed until further notice.

House staff received an emergency alert shortly after 7:30 p.m. to evacuate Cannon for a potential asbestos leak. A spokesperson for the Architect of the Capitol confirmed the potential release of asbestos occurred during construction as part of the Cannon Renewal Project.

“Engineers and certified industrial hygienists are evaluating the scene to determine the appropriate response to this incident,” AOC spokeswoman Kristen Frederick wrote in an email to CQ Roll Call Friday night. “In an abundance of caution, the Cannon Building will be closed until further notice. The Architect of the Capitol continues to investigate and will provide updates when available.”

Frederick said the AOC will provide updates on its website. She did not respond to a question regarding whether any workers were potentially exposed to asbestos.

Construction on the oldest House office building began last January, and is currently centered on the building’s basement. The nearly $753 million project will take 10 years.

Friday is not the first time an asbestos scare has plagued Capitol construction. In July 2014, an asbestos spill that occurred during asbestos abatement work temporarily closed the House side of the Capitol. After the ordeal, unions representing AOC workers and the Capitol Police expressed concern about workers’ exposure to the human carcinogen.

Capitol Hill Employees Concerned About July 10 Asbestos Exposure

House Side of U.S. Capitol Reopens After Asbestos Spill

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