Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Tuesday, March 3, the U.S. Capitol will be closed to tours until approximately 12:30 p.m. on that day. The Capitol Visitor Center will remain open throughout the day, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and guided tours of the Capitol Visitor Center will be available while the Capitol is closed.
In December 1941, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor, ending the debate over whether the United States would intervene in WWII. Congress declared war against Japan on December 8. Three days later Japan’s Axis partners, Germany and Italy, announced they were at war with the United States. Congress immediately passed resolutions declaring war with Germany and Italy, and began to enact crucial legislation supporting the war effort.