COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed. We are not taking tour reservations at this time. Please check out our video tours and other online resources.

 

Online Gift Shop Now Open

Check out our new Online Gift Shop, https://shop.visitthecapitol.gov. All products are Made-in-the-USA, and many are created exclusively for our store. We look forward to welcoming you to the CVC Online Gift Shop.

Breaking Barriers to Economic Growth

Breaking Barriers to Economic Growth

The Congress shall have Power To ... provide for the ... general Welfare

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

Acts of Congress have opened doors for economic opportunities for Americans. Homesteads offered a chance at land ownership, stimulated settlement of the West, promoted agriculture, and provided a foothold in the national economy to workers, immigrants, and freedmen. Congress has also sponsored financial assistance to veterans, provided seniors and disadvantaged persons with medical insurance, and guided the country through economic fluctuations.