Mansfield believed that “every Member ought to be equal in fact, no less than in theory.” As majority leader, Mansfield supported “Great Society” domestic policies, but questioned America’s role in Vietnam. An expert on Southeast Asia, he advised Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon to end the war. Victory, he counseled, was unlikely.
On Tuesday, February 3, due to a special event being held in Emancipation Hall in the Capitol Visitor Center, there will be no public tours of the Capitol. The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed all day except for individuals on official business and people going to the House and Senate Visitor Galleries.