House cleaning services get a boost as House Speaker Ryan’s $500M budget proposal passes Congress
In a dramatic reversal of his own stance, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.)
2018 budget proposal is poised to pass Congress with $500 million in additional federal spending to help clean houses.
That includes $500,000 for cleaning services to help rid the Capitol of toxic waste.
The money would be used to buy up cleaning materials, equipment and supplies that the Capitol’s custodians are already using.
But the spending would be capped at $50 million, meaning the House could use only $50,000 per day for the cleaning and $50 to $100,000 more per day if the Capitol is more than a day away from being cleaned.
That will help keep the Capitol clean and help Congress get to work on cleaning the Capitol, the president told reporters Tuesday.
Ryan’s budget proposal, which was first reported by The Hill, includes $5 million for a new state-of-the-art, high-tech cleaning system that is currently under development.
He’s also proposing $1 million to buy a state-level cleaning crew to use the Capitol for the next year.
In the last few months, a number of states have moved forward with their own plans to help get rid of toxic wastes, including Maryland and New York.
And while Ryan has pushed to build a state version of the Capitol system, the House and Senate passed separate bills to create a statewide cleaning program in 2017 and 2018.
This will be the first time the two chambers of Congress have used federal funds to clean the Capitol since the Capitol building was constructed in the 1940s.
The new House bill will be sent to the Senate for final passage.
A senior administration official told The Hill that the money will go to cleaning the “corrupt” Capitol but declined to say how much it would cost.
The move comes after the House voted last week to authorize $100 million in federal funds for cleaning up the Capitol.
The Capitol’s cleanliness was called into question in 2016 after an investigation by the Office of Congressional Ethics found that the House used $100 to clean a sink that belonged to the president, which had been cleaned a week earlier.
In a statement at the time, the Office’s chief of staff, Daniel Corman, said the $100 was meant to help pay for cleaning the Oval Office but that the $500 was for a “more substantial, permanent cleaning.”
In a letter last month to the House, the office said that it had determined that the cleaning bill “did not achieve the goal of cleaning the entire Capitol and that it did not accomplish its stated goal of reducing toxic waste and its effect on the Capitol.”