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“A must do for every citizen”

Senate and House Office Buildings
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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“A must do for every citizen”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

We went to D.C. with no plan. During our wanderings we asked how we could sit in the Senate and to our surprise we were given easy clues. Get a pass from any Senators office. So we walked into the office of Tom Daschle, Senator from South Dakota's because it the first office we found. I asked the woman upon entering if we could get 2 passes to the Senate. Five minute later I walked out with the passes. It was a nice experience to be in the hallowed halls of the Senate business offices and we were treated with respect by the aid that assisted us.
From there we headed over to the Senate and worked our way upstairs to the Senate Gallery level. There are multiple security checks along the way, but the setting is imposing and the architecture classic. We were led into the Gallery and had the pleasure of listening to a variety of Senators debate. It made our political system personal. Harry Reid our Senator was there for a while and young kids were seated around the base of the Speaker’s podium learning how our system works.
People came and went, and we could have stayed as long as we wanted. We look forward to going again because the stage is a constant changing live theater.

Visited July 2012
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old saybrook, connecticut
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“Too many scanners.”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We popped into Liebermans office about 1PM for passes to Senate and House. Received both and had a nice chat with a young senate office intern.
Headed to Senate first, had to pass through no less than six body scans. Seriously?! Senate floor was slow, Reid at one point had his head on his desk...not kidding. McCain did speak briefly after an hour of waiting for something to happen. These elected officials are given a painstaking job, we need to respect them more.
House was empty, not an elected official there.
But the experience was memorable for many reasons, we were in the very halls were US decisions are made, we met a wonderful Senate page who moonlights as a comedian (congressionalcomedian.com ) and we sat next to Dustin Hoffman in the Senate Gallery :)

Visited November 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Set up a Private Tour through your local state Congress Person”
Reviewed September 5, 2012

We had a private tour arranged by the office of our state congresswomen and it was great. One of the office aids took our group of 3 privately through the capital explaining the history of the building as well as our State's contribution. Set up the tour about 3 months in advance. It will allow you to avoid the large public tours and skip the lines.

Visited September 2012
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Over the top security regime”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

The Congress and Senate buildings were interesting to visit once inside but be warned that they confiscate water, sun cream etc at the door. It was 40*C when we visited so very inconvenient.

Visited July 2012
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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“Best Cheap Place to Eat in DC!!!”
Reviewed June 17, 2012

Dirksen Senate Office Building has a cafeteria in the basement that has great prices, no tax and options from grill items, pizza, sushi and an AWESOME salad bar.

Here is the recommended game plan:
Make arrangements with your senator before your trip to do a capitol tour in the AM, then go to any senators office to get passes to see the senate and house floor, go back to the capitol and then head back to the Dirksen building for lunch and a coffee to go.

We also recommend the Library of Congress afterwards.

Visited June 2012
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