Sunday, August 5, 2018

Private Tour of the US National Capitol

Scott arranged a private tour of the Capitol for our families with his House of Representatives congressman.  We ate lunch in one of the congressional office buildings, then met in at the Congressman's office, where one of the interns started our tour.

Unfortunately, we still had to wait for over an hour just to get through security.  But the tour was more thorough and interesting and the public tour we had taken a couple of years ago.  Of course, it had a California focus, emphasizing the statues provided by CA.  One that was especially interesting, the Ronald Regan statue includes a layer of made from pieces of the Berlin Wall.

As the tour ended, we were presented with passes to the House of Representatives Gallery.  They were voting on a measure to repeal the medical devices tax imposed as part of the Affordable Care Act.  So we waited in line for about 45 minutes before giving up.  It didn't appear to actually move -- other than from people giving up and leaving.  Apparently, they only allow a specific number of people in the Gallery at any given moment and each person is allowed to stay as long as they would like.  So you could literally wait all day and not get anywhere.   They really need an 'express' lane for people who don't plan on lingering for ever...

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