COVID-19 (coronavirus) Update

The Capitol Visitor Center is closed for tours. All tours are cancelled. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you, and we look forward to welcoming you to the Capitol Visitor Center at a future date.

Breaking Barriers to Compromise

Breaking Barriers to Compromise

E Pluribus Unum

National Motto, 1782-1956

America’s first national motto, E Pluribus Unum—Out of many, one—expresses the ideal of our Union: many states, one nation. Representing all of the states, Congress has promoted national unity through a process of inquiry, debate, compromise and consensus. These documents record the continuing legislative efforts to establish, grow and maintain one nation.