Roll Call: Latest News on Capitol Hill, Congress, Politics and Elections
July 30, 2015

Posts in "National Mall"

July 2, 2015

Virginia Man Cries Foul Over Capitol Police Actions

Shimeles thinks Capitol Police overreacted. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shimeles thinks Capitol Police overreacted. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The man at the center of a Memorial Day bomb scare near the National Mall wants Capitol Police to help pay for the pressure cooker and propane tank they detonated, plus for damage to his automobile.

“Honestly, it’s not only my equipment. They destroyed my car as well,” said Israel Sean Shimeles, the Arlington, Va., man who was arrested on May 24. Traffic charges against Shimeles were later dropped, but he has yet to hear from Capitol Police in response to his damage claims. Full story

June 22, 2015

AOC Details July 4th Concert Security Protocols

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As lawmakers rush to check items off their legislative to-do list before the Independence Day recess, Capitol administrators are busy preparing for the annual July 4th Concert on the West Lawn.

“A Capitol Fourth,” the live concert broadcast on PBS, is set for Saturday, July 4, at 8 p.m., and the Architect of the Capitol announced Monday that the concert will result in a familiar series of street closures. Full story

Norton: Washington Monument Elevator Is Safe

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

After meeting with National Park Service officials, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is certain the Washington Monument elevator is safe to ride, following a string of electrical issues that led to recent closures.

“After hearing today’s briefing I would not hesitate to bring my 3-year-old grandson and his brother, who is two months old, to ride the elevator to the top of the monument,” Norton said in a statement. “I hope that the thousands of visitors who come to the nation’s capital during this busy tourist season are also reassured.” Full story

June 12, 2015

It’s Time for the Circulator — on the National Mall

D.C. officials launch a new Circulator route. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

Officials launch a new D.C. Circulator route Friday. (Bridget Bowman/CQ Roll Call)

As the sun beat down on the National Mall late Friday morning, District of Columbia officials cut a ribbon in front of a bus parked by the Lincoln Memorial, launching the sixth DC Circulator bus route.

DC Circulator has operated bus routes around the District for the past 10 years, providing $1 rides to residents and visitors. The new route along the National Mall, which originates at Union Station, begins Sunday with 15 stops at the various monuments and museums, with a final stop at the West Front of the Capitol. Full story

June 2, 2015

Norton to Meet with NPS After Washington Monument Closed

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Recent elevator issues that caused the closure of the Washington Monument have drawn the ire of Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C.

“Elevator outages during the peak tourist season render the Washington Monument off limits,” Norton said in a statement Tuesday. “[The National Park Service] has told me that the problem is suspected to have been caused by numerous shutdowns of the elevator due to power outages, but this newly refurbished elevator began to malfunction almost as soon as the Monument reopened a year ago.” Full story

June 1, 2015

Lawmakers Lament Deteriorating Arlington Memorial Bridge

From left, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, and Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, called for more federal transportation funding.  (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

From left, Beyer, Jarvis and Jewell called for more federal transportation funding. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Regional lawmakers are sounding the alarm about the condition of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and are pushing for Congress to provide funds to repair the structure.

“Two lanes closed on one of the most important entrances to our nation’s capital. We already have the worst traffic congestion in the country, and now this,” Rep. Don Beyer Jr., D-Va., said at a Monday press conference on the Virginia side of the bridge. “This is not just the symbol, but the reality of failed leadership.” Full story

May 26, 2015

National Mall Giving Away Tickets to Landmark Music Festival

The festival is a fundraiser for National Mall upgrades, due to wear and tear from millions of visitor a year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The festival is a fundraiser for necessary National Mall upgrades, due to wear and tear from millions of visitor a year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of an effort to publicize the National Mall’s first-ever music festival and make it accessible, the Trust for the National Mall is giving away 1,000 tickets this week to the Landmark Music Festival.

Potential festival goers can enter the lottery to win a pair of 2-day passes to the festival, which will take place Sept. 26-27 at West Potomac Park, south of the National Mall. The Trust for the National Mall will be giving away 500 pairs of passes; the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Full story

May 8, 2015

WWII Air Parade to Fly Over National Mall (Updated)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The flyover begins with a World War II Memorial ceremony featuring veterans and dignitaries. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 11:01 a.m. | Look toward the National Mall around noon Friday to catch some unusual activity in the restricted airspace above the National Mall. No, the Capital region is not expecting another gyrocopter. This time it’s an air parade, featuring World War II bombers and fighters, such as Lockheed’s historic P-38 Lightening. Full story

January 8, 2015

‘The Great War’ Memorial’s Great Journey

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ-Roll Call)

The new WWI memorial will not infringe upon the D.C. War Memorial on the National Mall. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Achieving approval to establish a national World War I memorial in the District of Columbia took longer than the war itself.

After six years of advocacy, the effort culminated in a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014. Roughly 1,400 pages into the 1,600-page document is a series of sections commemorating the 100th anniversary of “The Great War.” Full story

December 2, 2014

Virtual ‘Giving Tower’ Visible on National Mall

Marker for the Giving Tower. (Courtesy of the Trust for the National Mall)

Marker for the Giving Tower. (Courtesy Trust for the National Mall)

Visitors to the National Mall can point their smartphone or tablet at a new structure Tuesday, and a holographic, multicolored tower will appear on their screen, representing charitable donations made on “Giving Tuesday.”

“I think that the interesting and amazing thing about the National Mall is it is this open and diverse place where the Park Service is getting more creative about how its used,” Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall, said Tuesday in a phone interview. “I do think [the tower] is a new way to engage people who visit the National Mall.” Full story

Sign In

Forgot password?

Or

Subscribe

Receive daily coverage of the people, politics and personality of Capitol Hill.

Subscription | Free Trial

Logging you in. One moment, please...