A bipartisan deal to build a new $300 million Capitol building on Capitol Hill will include a deal to acquire a lot of materials from the Capitol’s old buildings, including carpet, glass and tile.
The agreement, first reported by The Associated Press, is being negotiated with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The deal, which could be finalized by the end of the year, includes an agreement to buy materials from existing Capitol buildings that have been mothballed, said the lawmakers.
It’s the first time the Capitol has been purchased by Congress, and it comes at a time when Capitol workers are protesting and the House has been in recess.
The Capitol was first built in 1909 and is considered one of the most important symbols of the nation’s capital, where the U.S. Capitol was the first place where lawmakers and their staffs could meet to discuss important issues.
The Senate passed legislation in 2016 to begin building the Capitol, but the House hasn’t acted.
The bill cleared the House last week but stalled in the Senate.
The new Capitol will have a floor area of 3,200 square feet.
The materials that the new Capitol is expected to buy will come from the old Capitol buildings, said Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the House’s No. 2 Republican.
The Capitol was built as a museum to honor its first Congress.