Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi takes a photo with his BlackBerry as the Capitol Christmas tree is hoisted up by a crane on Monday morning. The tree is a 67-foot Engelmann spruce from the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.
The tradition of the Capitol Christmas tree continued Monday morning when this year’s tree arrived at the Capitol.
First Street from Peace Circle to Garfield Circle will be closed by Capitol Police for the arrival of the tree.
The tree’s lighting ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 on the West Front lawn of the Capitol. It will be decorated with about 5,000 ornaments created by people from Wyoming for this year’s theme, “Wyoming: Forever West.” It will also be decorated with strands of environmentally friendly LED lights.
The tree, a 67-foot Engelmann spruce, is from Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi will light the tree and Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers will serve as master of ceremonies.
After the ceremony, the tree will be lit from sundown until 11 p.m. through Jan. 1.
From left, Rep. Christopher H. Smith, R-N.J., David Goldman, the father of a child who was abducted to Brazil by the mother, and Arvind Chawdra, a father whose two children were abducted to India by their mother, attend a news conference in the Rayburn House Office Building on international child abduction.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.