The Senate “Swamp Site” on Wednesday Afternoon, Circa 4:00pm – Photo Essay
by Larry Janezich
Capitol Hill Corner visited the Senate “Swamp Site” on the U.S. Capitol grounds Wednesday afternoon, following the announcement that a deal had been struck between Senate negotiators to reopen the government until January 15 and to extend the debt ceiling until February 7.
The “Swamp Site” – so named by television standup crews who found the area perpetually wet when the media interview location was established in the 1970’s – is one of the so-called free standup areas on the Capitol grounds where accredited members of the media can set up live television capability at any time without prior clearance to conduct interviews.
Wednesday afternoon, CHC caught Senators being interviewed, reacting to the announcement of the deal reached in the Senate. Protestors took advantage of the live television cameras to express their unhappiness with the government shutdown. The schoolchildren pictured, from Galt, California, were unable to visit museums and chose the opportunity to urge the Congress to reopen the government. A security aide, explaining to sign holders that they had every right to be there but were distracting from the message the politicians were trying to get out.