Today we will receive testimony from the Architect of the Capitol, the Honorable Stephen T. Ayers. Mr. Ayers, while you have testified before this Committee many times as the Acting Architect of the Capitol, today is your first as the Architect of the Capitol. I congratulate you on your May 2010 appointment by the President to a ten‐year term.
The fiscal year 2012 budget request that we will consider is $619 million
($618,802,000) and represents a $92 million ($91,608,000) or 17.4 percent
increase above the current Continuing Resolution of $527,194,000. This is
exclusive of the Senate Office Buildings which total $87 million ($87,253,000).
Continuing with the tradition of comity, those items will be considered by the
Mr. Ayers, I have enjoyed meeting with you and discussing the wide range of
challenges you face as the Architect of the Capitol. In turn, your problems are our problems. A backlog of $1.5 billion in deferred maintenance and capital renewal projects is significant. However, I have to go on record from the outset that a 17.4 percent increase to your budget is going to be very difficult. I look forward to working with you as we proceed through the year.