The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved $1.3 million in funding for restoration of the U.s.
Capitol Dome to its pre-hurricane state of repair.
The bill, approved by the full House, now goes to the full Senate, which must still approve it.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hailed the funds as a “historic step forward” and said they would allow Congress to work with state and local officials to restore the historic building.
“We need to do more to restore our Capitol building to its historic status,” McCarthy said in a statement.
“This is an important and timely bill that will restore the dome and other structures on the Capitol grounds to a state of great condition.”
The Dome is part of the Capitol complex where Congress sits.
It was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and was repaired in 2010.
Rep. Dan Donovan (R) of New York, chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that approved the bill, said the restoration will help protect the “structure that is so important to the citizens of this great nation.”
The dome, which has been in place since 1993, was partially damaged in Hurricane Rita in 2005.
But repairs to the structure continued after the hurricane and were completed by the end of the year.
A year later, Congress reopened the dome after the storm.
That year, the dome was the subject of a lawsuit alleging that the dome did not meet federal requirements to be rebuilt.
In 2014, the U,S.
Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld the lawsuit, finding that the Dome had been damaged beyond repair.
The court held that the House and Senate could have worked together to restore and protect the dome.