On Rare Busy Day on Hill, Congressional Leaders to Honor Sir Winston Churchill

The statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Chruchill is blanketed in snow on Parliament Square, central London on December 18, 2010, during a winter storm. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

The statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Chruchill is blanketed in snow on Parliament Square, central London on December 18, 2010, during a winter storm. (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t blink Wednesday. If you do, you might miss something that has become in recent years very rare in Washington: Congress will be doing multiple things at once.

In the morning, a House-Senate committee will be discussing a compromise 2014 budget resolution and how to craft a set of long-term fiscal proposals at the same time a House panel will be examining Obamacare’s sluggish start. In the afternoon, another House-Senate conference committee will be working on a compromise Farm Bill.

Intercepts readers have a stake in one of those, with the budget committee expected to examine how to replace the remaining nine years of sequestration cuts with other deficit-paring items. (Your Defense News Congressional Correspondent will be live-tweeting any noteworthy tidbits from that session here.) But there’s another event on Wednesday that you likely will find interesting: A bipartisan group honors World War II’s “British Bulldog.”

Secretary of State John Kerry will join congressional leaders in the Capitol Building’s Statutory Hall to dedicate a bust of Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

“Placing a bust of Churchill in the Capitol is a fitting recognition of his service to the cause of freedom and his friendship to the United States,” House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a statement. “We will come together to salute this great statesman and honor his legacy of persistence, determination, and resolve.”

The occasion will feature a bipartisan list of speakers: Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Your correspondent is just back from a holiday in London, which included a tour of Churchill’s underground WWII command center. Below is a pic I snapped of the door leading to the room where Churchill and his War Cabinet made countless strategic and tactical decisions.

You can watch the bust-dedication ceremony live at 11 a.m. (EST) on C-SPAN.

A door leading to the room where Churchill met with his top generals during World War II inside his underground command center in London. (JOHN T. BENNETT / DEFENSE NEWS)

A door leading to the room where Churchill met with his top generals during World War II inside his underground command center in London. (JOHN T. BENNETT / DEFENSE NEWS)

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett
[starbox]