Even the Senate parking lot is (partly) dysfunctional

August 12, 2013
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press
J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Just how dysfunctional is Congress?  Even its parking lots are fouled up.

An e-mail went out from the Senate Parking Operations office today, alerting folks that some of the parking spaces in one of its lots would be unavailable — for a reason that would be familiar to observers of the legislative process of late: human error. “Due to the delivery of the wrong asphalt mix for the Lot 16 berm, paving operations are temporarily suspended,” the e-mail read.

That means that perimeter parking spaces in the lot along First Street NE will be out of commission for another two days, the office announced. Displaced cars will be accommodated elsewhere.

Unclear who’s responsible for the incorrect asphalt mix — a spokeswoman for the Architect of the Capitol, which is overseeing the paving project, didn’t return our calls.

Doesn’t sound like the biggest of deals — nothing, in Senate parlance, to go nuclear over — but perhaps another sign of the times? Ah, but here’s where the parking problems differ from some of those inside the building: the e-mail was effusively polite. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing,” it read. “Your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated.”

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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