The architect in charge of maintaining the U.S. Capitol and surrounding buildings is asking for a $668 million budget for fiscal year 2013 to address infrastructure preservation and repair needs of aging buildings around the Capitol campus. "The longer Capitol renewal projects are delayed, the conditions in these facilities will continue to deteriorate," Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers said. "Additional consequences of not addressing looming Capitol renewal projects are the continued crumbling of facilities’ infrastructure, a loss of historic artwork and architectural features, continued system and building failures and security threats."

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