Here's The Scoop
Senator Chuck Grassley
Here's The Scoop
themselves for the flood of tourists who come to soak in the monuments,
museums and memorials that attract millions of visitors to the nation�s
capital every year. This summer is no exception.
In spite of
humidity that puts even the hardiest tourist to the test, families come to
show the next generation where the people�s business has taken place
since 1791. That�s when President George Washington selected what is
now the District of Columbia to serve as the nation�s
America has expanded its borders, population and demographics since
Jenkins� Hill was chosen as the site for the national legislature on the
east end of the National Mall. From here, Congress for more than 200
years has debated the laws governing our nation. In addition to the U.S.
Capitol building, visitors to Capitol Hill today will find the
Supreme Court, Library of Congress and congressional office buildings.
visit to Capitol Hill brings to life the earliest moments of our
American democracy alongside the politics and policymaking of the 21st
century. Those who took a seat in the Senate visitor�s gallery early this
summer witnessed debate on immigration reform. The Supreme Court
handed down rulings bearing significant impact on the fabric of American
society, reinforcing the limited powers of the federal government over
states� rights. As America prepares to celebrate its 237th birthday
on the Fourth of July, the wonder of the republic more than two
centuries later remains our system of self-government.
Even if Congress
is not in session, visitors can appreciate the rich history of our
democracy represented in art and sculpture. The architectural
magnificence of the Rotunda, which separates the respective wings of the U.S.
Senate and the House of Representatives, without exception causes
tourists to crane their necks to soak in the lifelike fresco �The Apotheosis
of Washington� and the panoramic �Frieze of American History.�
of the most popular tourist spots in the U.S. Capitol is National
Statuary Hall. When the House of Representatives relocated to its current
chamber in 1857, the historic space was converted into a gallery.
Each state was invited to donate two statues representing prominent
leaders in their history. The National Statuary Collection today is
featured prominently throughout the Capitol. Iowans will find statues
representing two elected leaders from the 19th century: James Harlan in
the Hall of Columns and Samuel Kirkwood in Statuary Hall. In the near
future, Norman Borlaug�s statue will replace James Harlan�s
This summer a historic addition to the Capitol�s collection of 180
statues and busts was unveiled on the 148th anniversary of Juneteenth.
That�s the date commemorating when President Abraham Lincoln�s
Emancipation Proclamation reached Texas on June 19, 1865.
bronze statue represents one of America�s earliest civil rights
leaders, abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The former slave spent a lifetime
championing equal rights, exposing injustices and influencing peers
and presidents alike during a tumultuous time in U.S. history.
African American born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, Douglass escaped
at age 20 and dedicated his life to the emancipation of slaves,
women�s suffrage and the natural rights of each individual.
oratorical skill, Douglass shared his compelling story as a
self-taught slave who was beaten for teaching other slaves how to read and
write. An adviser to President Lincoln, Douglass tapped into a growing
tide of public discontent to make good on America�s most fundamental
promises of freedom, equality under the law and justice for all. His
publications and speeches influenced the adoption of the 13th, 14th and
15th Constitutional Amendments, known as the Reconstruction
Despite constant risks to his own safety, Douglass worked to spread
the self-evident truths spelled out in the Declaration of
Independence. His personal testimony shaped his most enduring legacy as a
champion for those denied equality and access to the inalienable rights of
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
As Douglass observed in
an Independence Day speech in 1852, �What, to the American slave, is
your Fourth of July?� The speech exposed the harsh contradiction of
slavery with America�s founding principles of freedom, liberty and
independence. Douglass went on to describe how the institution of slavery
is contrary to these foundational principles, �Now, take the
Constitution according to its plain reading, and I defy the presentation of a
single pro-slavery clause in it. On the other hand it will be found
to contain principles and purposes, entirely hostile to the existence
of slavery.� Like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did more than a century
later, Frederick Douglass used his tremendous gift for language to
call Americans to help fully realize the principles we hold so dear for
On this July 4th, let�s remember our hometown heroes,
our first responders and members of the military, who put their lives
on the line to defend America�s freedoms at home and abroad. As we
celebrate with family, friends and neighbors, let�s also remember the
heroes of American history, including Frederick Douglass, whose legacy
represents the principles of hope, opportunity and freedom upon which
America was founded.
VISITING WASHINGTON, D.C.
a visit to Washington, D.C., are encouraged to contact Senator
Grassley�s office for tourist information and congressional tickets for
tours, including the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Washington
National Cathedral, and The Kennedy Center. The earlier that requests
are made � ideally four months or more in advance � the better, as these
tickets are limited. Senator Grassley�s office will resume making
arrangements for White House tours whenever White House tours are again
In addition, Senator Grassley�s office offers
special staff-led tours of the U.S. Capitol and looks forward to
accommodating visiting Iowans for this tour which covers more areas than
accessible through the Capitol Visitors Center.
Constituents also may
schedule a meeting with Senator Grassley during their trip. For more
information, call 202-224-3744, or go to www.grassley.senate.gov and
click on �Constituent Services.� Both tour and meeting requests can be
submitted under the �Visiting Washington D.C.� tab.
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and memorials that attract millions of visitors to the nation�s capital
every year. This summer is no exception. In spite of humidity that
puts even the hardiest tourist to the test, families come to show the
next generation where the people�s business has taken place since 1791.
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