The Capitol Dome Is Leaking

Repairs become part of budget debate.


To the myriad indignities suffered by Congress, including stagnant legislation, partisan warfare and popularity on par with petty criminals, add this: the Capitol's roof is leaking, and there is no money to fix it.

The Capitol dome, the nation's grandest symbol of federal authority, has been dinged by years of inclement weather, and its exterior is in need of repair.