Sending Office: Office of Sergeant at Arms
TO: All Members of Congress and Staff
FROM: Paul D. Irving
Sergeant at Arms
DATE: July 31, 2017
SUBJECT: Access to the House Chamber during the August District Work Period
During the August district work period, Members and staff should be aware of a restoration project scheduled to take place in the House of Representatives Chamber. The Architect of the Capitol will complete the replacement of the sound system located on
the House floor and gallery. Additional work is also scheduled to enhance ADA access on the floor and to install a new induction loop to help those who are hearing impaired.
To enable work to be safely completed in time, the House floor and galleries will be closed to Members, staff and visitors from
Monday, July 31 through Sunday, August 20, 2017. It is anticipated limited access to the floor and gallery will resume on
Monday, August 21. Full access to the floor and galleries will return to normal when the House comes back into session on Tuesday, September 5.
Thank you in advance for your patience and assistance as this work is completed. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of the Sergeant at Arms at (202) 225-2456.
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