“Mo” Udall strove to bring about change, but often with a joke. “Humor can disarm an enemy,” he often said. Udall challenged the House leadership during the 1960s to share power more widely among members, foreshadowing the 1970s reforms. He used his power as Chairman of the Interior and Insular Affairs Committee to insert environmental concerns into the legislative process.
Due to a special Joint Meeting of Congress taking place in the Capitol on Wednesday, April 29, 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.