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Thu Feb 25, 2021, 01:48 AM

Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot

Source: NPR

The cost of repairing damages from the attack on the U.S. Capitol and related security expenses have already topped $30 million and will keep rising, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The events of Jan. 6, he said, were "difficult for the American people and extremely hard for all of us on campus to witness." Blanton said that congressional appropriations committees have already approved a transfer request of $30 million to pay for expenses and extend a temporary perimeter fencing contract through March 31.

But more money will be needed, he added: "History teaches us that project costs for replacements and repairs beyond in-kind improvements across campus will be considerable and beyond the scope of the current budgetary environment." The price tag will go even higher, Blanton told lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee, if the fence and other security measures are needed beyond March.

In his prepared testimony, Blanton described how his employees tried to minimize the threat to the Capitol and lawmakers on Jan. 6, when thousands of former President Donald Trump's supporters breached security perimeters at the Capitol grounds. Many of them then engaged in a pitched battle with police and security personnel...

Read more: https://www.npr.org/sections/insurrection-at-the-capitol/2021/02/24/970977612/architect-of-the-capitol-outlines-30-million-in-damages-from-pro-trump-riot





- The cost of repairing or replacing historical items damaged in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot "will be considerable," Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers Wednesday. Other costs include maintaining a security fence topped with razor wire that surrounds the U.S. Capitol grounds. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

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Reply Architect Of The Capitol Outlines $30 Million In Damages From Pro-Trump Riot (Original post)
appalachiablue Feb 25 OP
Marie Marie Feb 25 #1
ThatJustHappened Feb 25 #15
lagomorph777 Feb 25 #16
ZZenith Feb 25 #2
Wuddles440 Feb 25 #11
samplegirl Feb 25 #3
Demovictory9 Feb 25 #4
Botany Feb 25 #14
orleans Feb 25 #5
lagomorph777 Feb 25 #17
DeminPennswoods Feb 25 #6
Maxheader Feb 25 #10
RVN VET71 Feb 25 #7
rickford66 Feb 25 #8
Vinca Feb 25 #9
niyad Feb 25 #12
bucolic_frolic Feb 25 #13
lagomorph777 Feb 25 #18
Hestia Feb 25 #21
KS Toronado Feb 25 #19
seabiscuit5920 Feb 25 #20
jmowreader Feb 26 #22

Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:08 AM

1. Send the bill to that former guy. Rumor has it that he is a gabillionaire.

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 12:09 PM

15. Sue the Repukes

Sue the Republican Attorneys General Group


Republican AGs group sent robocalls urging march to the Capitol


-- “At 1 p.m., we will march to the Capitol building and call on Congress to stop the steal,” said the voice on the recording, which was obtained by NBC News. --


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/republican-ags-group-sent-robocalls-urging-march-capitol-n1253581

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Response to Marie Marie (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 12:15 PM

16. Yup. XPOTUS has plenty of stolen money.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:40 AM

2. IT WASN'T A RIOT!!! IT WAS A TERRORIST ATTACK ON OUR NATION'S CAPITOL!

Every bit as deviously planned as 9/11.

Fucking media.

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Response to ZZenith (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 09:50 AM

11. As usual...

the media is adopting conservative messaging.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:52 AM

3. Maybe Don Jr.

Should get his trumpanzees on Facebook to donate to rebuild it.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 03:24 AM

4. "Two historic Olmsted lanterns were ripped from the ground"

"The [inauguration] platform was wrecked. There was broken glass and other debris. Sound systems and photography equipment was damaged beyond repair or stolen. Two historic Olmsted lanterns were ripped from the ground, and the wet blue paint was tracked all over the historic stone balustrades and Capitol building hallways."

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Response to Demovictory9 (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:44 AM

14. The lanterns were from the 1880s & 1890s and they just had a 2 year restoration work.

A restoration company based in New Hampshire traveled to Washington, D.C., last fall and removed the large bronze lanterns from the sandstone piers; they took the lanterns back to their shop where they completely dismantled and refurbished the bronze while replacing some damaged framing on two of them. The bronze on all of the lanterns had corroded, so the contractors cleaned it, patinated the metal to return it to its original brown color, and then lacquered the bronze to seal and preserve the metal.

Meanwhile, AOC masons cleaned the stonework and AOC high voltage electricians rewired the piers. Temporary lights were installed on the stone piers to light the walkways while awaiting the return of the restored lanterns.

The Olmsted lanterns were originally lit with 12 gas jets. To replicate the original look as much as possible, new light fixtures were constructed to hold 12 LED lightbulbs. Although the lightbulbs have standard-sized sockets, the bulbs themselves are cylindrical in shape and cast yellow light that resembles a flame.

https://www.aoc.gov/explore-capitol-campus/blog/olmsted-lanterns-restoration



Put a lien on Trump's properties

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 03:54 AM

5. gee, lucky for trump he was acquitted for inciting an insurrection

otherwise the government might have made him pay

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Response to orleans (Reply #5)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 12:17 PM

17. Not yet. He was only acquitted from the impeachment.

He still faces legal liability. If Garland does his job (as I expect he will).

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:07 AM

6. Treasury should put a lien on Trump's property

and garnish his bank accounts. They should do that for all the other rioters, too. If not, when they are covicted or plead guilty, the judgement should include restitution.

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Response to DeminPennswoods (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:53 AM

10. Most excellent...!

without $$$ stumpy would wither away like the witch in the wizard of oz,

After Dorothy threw a pail of water on her...

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:09 AM

7. "$30 million is about what it cost antifa to stage the "riot"

They had to make up all those Trump flags and buy the hats and other costumery when they launched their attack on the Capitol Building, not to mention the costs of transporting all of its membership to the trump rally that day, busing them in, flying them in, feeding them, putting them up in hotels."

Said Senator Ron Johnson, wanking beneath his desk during the Senate hearings on the Plutocrat-Fascist attack on the building.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:45 AM

8. The "march" permit required insurance.

They're on the hook.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 08:53 AM

9. It was heartbreaking to hear about the statues and paintings now in need of restoration.

In the end, though, the "stuff" can be fixed but Officer Sicknick isn't coming back. Terrorists is a kind description of this crowd.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 10:33 AM

12. Thank you. I was wondering when we would see this.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:43 AM

13. Do you realize how priceless some of that specialty work is?

I was looking at the straight-grained old growth oak doors, moldings, panels. Almost irreplaceable some of it. Clear, straight-grain red/burr/white oak trunks fetch a premium. Neighbor told me $5-10k per trunk for clear oak plywood. And all that is probably solid, specialty milled. Plus the best carpenters in a high-price city. Not to mention the rest of the damage.

I hope they catch them all, and sue the perps and kingpins, and assess them all for a group restitution plan.

Damaging antiquities is a crime in some jurisdictions. These insurrectionists were as bad as the Taliban, or whoever it is that keeps destroying ancient monuments.

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 12:19 PM

18. Make them work it off in jail.

At 10 cents an hour, that will take centuries. That's OK, we'll wait...

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #13)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 11:10 PM

21. and the glass that will have to be replaced. They may have to bring in speciallity

plate glass blowers. I'd hate to see the covers like church's do for their stained glass works - ugly.

All of this will take awhile to fix.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 02:50 PM

19. Most court cases require restitution from the guilty party(s)

Merrick Garland's upcoming staff will need to figure how to divide $30 million between the leaders and followers
of the Capitol attack.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Thu Feb 25, 2021, 03:24 PM

20. You break it- You pay to fix it

They have explicit pictures and videos of the people that did the damage -- they should be made to pay for it. If we broke a window or something - -we had to either fix it or get it fixed.

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Response to appalachiablue (Original post)

Fri Feb 26, 2021, 12:26 AM

22. My first thought...

...is take it out of Federal disbursements to the districts of the Congress members who fomented the insurrection. Let's see...Josh Hawley, Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert are the first three names I can come up with.

Extra bonus: Little Margie is going to be spinning like crazy trying to deflect blame for this. If we wrap twenty miles of magnet wire around that spin and send it to Texas, they'll never have to worry about electricity again.

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