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 Military Barriers

Breaking Military Barriers

The Congress shall have Power To…declare War…To raise and support Armies…To provide and maintain a Navy; To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces…

Article I, Section 8, Constitution of the United States

Congress has the power to declare war. American wars have shaped our history, from who served in the military to America’s role in world events. Military service has been an important factor for Congress to authorize new policies to guarantee citizenship rights to minority communities. Congressional contributions to matters of war throughout the nation's history are registered in these documents.