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The United States Capitol Building is located in Washington, D.C., at the...

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Dr. William Thornton
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Military Bands Summer Concert Series 2014
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Special events to affect Capitol access and tours, June 24 and 26

June 24, 2014 – A ceremony commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony Honoring the Reverend Dr. and Mrs. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be held in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 3 p.m. Because of this ceremony, the second floor of the U.S. Capitol will be unavailable for public and staff-led tours on June 24. In addition, public and staff-led tours will be restricted from the first floor of the U.S. Capitol beginning at 2:30 p.m. Please note that at times during and after this event,...

Rotunda Reopen

3:18 pm, May 22 - The Capitol Rotunda has reopened. Earlier today, a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged and fell to the Rotunda floor. The Architect of the Capitol directed the Dome Restoration contractor to more securely fasten the padding. They also performed a thorough inspection of the scaffolding and canopy, which were found to be secure.

Media Contact: Justin Kieffer jkieffer@aoc.gov

Temporary Rotunda Closure

2:30 p.m. - The Capitol Rotunda is temporarily closed and will be reopened as soon as possible. The closure is out of an abundance of caution to allow inspections to the protective canopy in the Rotunda after a small piece of protective padding between the scaffold and Rotunda walls dislodged. Information about the Rotunda reopening will be provided as soon as available.

Media Contact: Justin Kieffer jkieffer@aoc.gov

AOC Receives Third Consecutive CEAR Award for Financial Reporting

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received its third consecutive Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) Award from the Association of Government Accountants for its annual Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The annual CEAR award recognizes high-quality Performance and Accountability Reports (PARs) and Agency Financial Reports (AFRs) that effectively illustrate and assess financial and program performance, accomplishments and challenges, cost and accountability.

Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Statue to Join U.S. Capitol National Statuary Hall Collection

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced today that they will dedicate a statue of the late Dr. Norman E. Borlaug at a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, March 25 in National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol.

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