The biggest renovation of the US Capitol since the 1850s is getting more expensive and farther behind schedule. An underground visitor's center has jumped in price by $130 million dollars since it started and is months behind on completion. Rep James Moran (D-VA) calls it "a classic money pit." It's a huge hole right beside the Capitol. There have been add-ons to the cost:
$70 million to expand office space expansion
$48 million for "unforseen site conditions"
$350 million for noise deafening windowpanes
The center's supposed to open now in late 2006. (Philadelphia Inquirer)