Pre­serv­ing free­dom

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Fear of the un­cer­tain” in the wake of the Septem­ber 11, 2001, ter­ror­ist at­tacks is no rea­son to cur­tail staff-led tours of the U.S. Capi­tol, said Rep. James P. Mo­ran, Vir­ginia Demo­crat, who in­tro­duced a res­o­lu­tion to pre­serve the con­gres­sional perk.

Se­nate His­to­rian Richard A. Baker as­serted staff-led tours have al­ways ex­isted, and Mr. Mo­ran con­sid­ers them an hon­ored cus­tom. Sep­a­rate tours led by pro­fes­sional staff, known as the Capi­tol Guide Ser­vice, were es­tab­lished in 1876 at a cost of 25 cents per per­son. Not un­til 1971 were those tours of­fered for free.

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