Schumer wants $61 million to fix Capitol Dome

Kevin Smith, spokesman for Boehner, said "the Speaker is confident we can work together to fix the Capitol Dome without more political posturing from Sen. Schumer."

There are more than 1,300 cracks in the dome, caused by age and exposure, weakening the integrity of the structure and causing water damage.

Officials are concerned that some of the planned work could create the risk of falling debris. 

Congressional Democrats and Republicans have expressed support for the funding. 

Before leaving for the August recess, House and Senate leadership agreed on a $1.047 trillion measure that would fund the government through March 2013.

The repairs are part of the second phase of a major renovation to the Capitol building. 

"Postponing these repairs by another six months will only increase the project’s price tag down the road," he said. 

"With your support, I am confident this critical repair work to a treasured landmark can resume without further interruption."

This story was updated at 5 p.m.