According to reports, the West Wing of the White House will be under construction in August, meaning staff will have to find alternate accommodations to conduct the nation’s business temporarily.
President Donald Trump and his staff will even need to work off-site, according to a “source with knowledge” reporting to RealClear Politics, although the staff is more likely to be affected since the construction is set to occur during the president’s absence. According to the report, President Trump will be on vacation, a fact that has not been officially announced.
Meanwhile, staffers will use the government officiated Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door, which was formerly known as the Old Executive Office Building (OEOB).
The General Service Administration’s (GSA) work scheduled in the West Wing was planned prior to the healthcare battle currently underway in Washington. The president has stated that the Senate’s August recess should be delayed until the nation’s healthcare debate has been resolved.
The Senate did delay its scheduled recess, but House members still plan to take their break at the end of the week. Reportedly, the Senate has a new healthcare bill, but details of the bill are still currently unknown.
White House renovation projects began during the George W. Bush administration. The GSA typically plans maintenance and construction projects to coincide with presidents’ vacations, according to reports.
This August, the source says HVAC infrastructure is on the agenda, “to keep the West Wing operational in the case of major utility failure(s).”
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