In just a few hours, insurrectionists caused much more than $30 million in damage to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, and it will be American taxpayers who foot the bill for the destruction.
CBS News reported Wednesday that lawmakers have already said that they would allocate the budget necessary for the cleaning process, which left broken glass and doors, graffiti and more. Thus far that has been $30 million, but the architect of the Capitol is expected to cost much more.
"Statues, murals, historic benches and original shutters all suffered varying degrees of damage, primarily from pepper spray accretions and residue from chemical irritants and fire extinguishers," said Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton during the House Appropriations Committee hearing Wednesday. "This damage to our precious artwork and statues will require expert cleaning and conservation."
Blanton's office is responsible for the operations of the U.S. Capitol complex as well as the fencing that is now around the building. The $30 million includes the cost of the fencing through March 4, which is slated to be another date on the right-wing calendar of possible events.
"Blanton has said more money would likely be needed, especially if his office needs to renew contracts to continue the fencing past March 31st. He is also requesting a comprehensive, campus-wide security assessment," CBS News said.