San Jose, Calif. – Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren today issued a statement in support of the Capitol Police Board’s announced phased reopening of the United States Capitol for public visitors and tours. Coinciding with the Board’s announcement, Lofgren, as Chair of the Joint Committee of Congress on the Library, authorized a full public reopening of the United States Botanic Garden beginning April 1. First opened to the public in 1850, the Botanic Garden is the oldest continuously operating public garden in the United States.
“I am pleased the Capitol Police Board has approved a phased public reopening of the United States Capitol to visitors and tours, in accordance with public health guidelines and protocols established by the Attending Physician. The United States Capitol is a global symbol of democracy and a monument to the American people and their government. I am hopeful today’s announced phased reopening is a significant first step towards returning to pre-pandemic levels of access for the American public at the United States Capitol.
“I am particularly glad the United States Botanic Garden will also be reopening on April 1. The Botanic Garden, first envisioned by George Washington and advanced by James Madison, is a jewel of the Capitol Campus dedicated to educating the American public and demonstrating the importance of plants to the well-being of our nation. I am delighted to authorize fully reopening this remarkable living plant museum to the public.”
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