Metaphor alert: An “industrial spill” has shut down the House side of the U.S. Capitol until further notice. The place is rotting from the walls.
The Washington Post reports:
All lawmakers and aides who work on the House side of the Capitol have been instructed to stay away “until further notice” by the Architect of the Capitol, the office that is responsible for management and maintenance of the building.
Some news reports not immediately confirmed Thursday morning said the spill occurred when workers were removing asbestos from the fourth floor of the Capitol and something fell.
The Architect of the Capitol says, “Samples have been collected to determine whether there was potential exposure,” according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. On the plus side, the House may get the day off:
#BREAKING Sr source says there is a "containment issue" at the US Capitol after an industrial spill overnight. Entire House side closed.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 10, 2014
Ssenior source says they don't know "the extent" of industrial spill at Capitol. Air testing going on. EPA & HAZMAT on scene.— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 10, 2014
#BREAKING Hse to meet at 10 am et. Am told from sources it's possible House may need to meet elsewhere & recess due to industrial spill— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 10, 2014
Hse could just gavel in and gavel out from secondary location if necessary due to spill. Happened for Senate in August '11 during earthquake— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) July 10, 2014
Not that they were going to get much done anyway.