12/07/2018

FOX's Chad Pergram tells you about the Capitol Rotunda on today's "Speaker's Lobby":

I'm Chad Pergram with the Speaker's Lobby.

Politics was on hold at the U.S. Capitol this week to remember the nation's 41st President.

Congress doesn't "do" politics in the Capitol Rotunda. Lawmakers and staff and lobbyists "do" politics everywhere else l. But the Rotunda is a solemn place, shielded from the fray. While everyone assembled in the Rotunda to honor President George HW Bush as he lay in state...the imbroglios which dominate Congress marinated offstage.

There was a proposal to approve a stopgap spending bill to fund the government through December 21st, but still no deal on a border wall.

CIA Director Gina Haspel was coming to the Capitol to brief senators about what happened to journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Was the United States and China calling a truce to its trade war?

The U.S. Capitol is an arena. A coliseum devoted to fights about politics and policy. But politics stops at the Rotunda door.

As the President lay in state, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders New York Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez led a forum in the Hart Senate Office Building on climate change. There were whispered conversations about how the new spending package may work. Senators prepped questions for a forum with Gina Haspel.

The battles continued, elsewhere, in the Congressional arena.

With the Speaker's Lobby, Chad Pergram, FOX News.

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