vietnam war memorial

Clean up Congress? Maybe not. But they’re still breaking out the soap
Bipartisan veteran members trade in political differences for soft bristle brushes at war memorials

The Friday morning cleaning crowd was 16 members strong. (Courtesy Michael Waltz)

Soft bristle brushes, a sudsy solution and Democratic Rep. Jimmy Panetta manning the water hose — that was the scene Friday morning at the Vietnam War Memorial when a bipartisan group of veteran members came together to wash it clean.

The process is “really strict,” said Republican Rep. Mike Bost. A brush that even grazes the ground gets its own “high-pressure” wash before it can touch the wall again.