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The top Democrat and Republican on the Senate Rules Committee introduced legislation to make it easier for Congress to remove the Architect of the Capitol from office.
– The legislation would allow for the dismissal of the Architect by "impeachment or joint resolution of Congress" in cases of permanent disability, inefficiency, neglect of duty, malfeasance; or a felony or conduct involving moral turpitude."
–Congress seeks to have more capacity to evaluate the Architect of the Capitol's performance.
The new legislation seeks to give Congress leverage and capability to remove the Architect
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the top Democrat on the Senate Rules committee, also sponsored the legislation
Klobuchar and Sen. Roy Blunt recently publicly called for Blanton’s resignation
A CBS News review of the year-end spending plan to fund the federal government reveals language was added to further restrict the Architect of the Capitol's vehicle use.
The legislation, signed into law last week, restricts vehicle usage for "home-to-work" travel.
– The legislation also limits the vehicle's usage to the Architect or a "duly authorized designee."
– The Architect of the Capitol's Inspector General said in a statement that its probe found Blanton wasted $14,000 in taxpayer funds.