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Smithsonian Faces Steep Maintenance Bill

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Smithsonian Faces Steep Maintenance Bill

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Smithsonian Faces Steep Maintenance Bill

Smithsonian Faces Steep Maintenance Bill

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For years, Smithsonian officials have complained that the major museum complex is falling apart. Chronic leaks, poor climate control, and outdated electrical systems threaten both the collections and visitors.

But Congress is balking at the institution's projected maintenance and repair costs, saying the Smithsonian needs to find alternative sources of funding.