Wednesday, January 17

Tours of the Capitol will be modified on Wednesday, January 17, due to a special event taking place in the Rotunda. Access to the Capitol Visitors Center will not be affected.

General Welfare

Members of the Senate crime investigating committee, photograph by Acme Photo, June 1, 1950

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

Congress is charged by the Constitution with providing for the general welfare of the country's citizens. Historically, this has meant improving transportation, promoting agriculture and industry, protecting health and the environment, and seeking ways to solve social and economic problems. These documents reflect Congressional actions to ensure "the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity."