YEAR IN REVIEW
Backdrop to Action: The Capitol Building in 2011 -- PICTURES
Updated: December 22, 2011 | 4:13 p.m.
December 22, 2011 | 12:53 p.m.
Throughout a year of big funding, lobbying, and political battles—including some that lasted into the final weeks of the year—Washington has felt downright chaotic at times. Yet, the stately building where much of the action takes place serves as a calming, majestic backdrop to it all. As the country winds down for the holidays, National Journal reflects on our favorite photos of the U.S. Capitol—an anchor to the past and the place where much of this year's action took place.