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Small Rotunda Renamed ‘Freedom Foyer’ in Budget Deal

Boehner announced the rotunda's new name at the Churchill bust dedication in 2013. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
Boehner announced the rotunda's new name at the Churchill bust dedication in 2013. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In the last sentence on the last page of the 144-page bipartisan budget deal released Monday night , lawmakers included a provision renaming a small rotunda on the House side of the Capitol.  

The budget agreement dedicated the area as the “Freedom Foyer,” though the area has been informally called that for two years. An aide for Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, confirmed to HOH Tuesday that the language in the budget deal formalized the decision to rename the rotunda. In October 2013, when Boehner dedicated the bust of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Capitol, he said the bust’s home would be known as “Freedom Foyer.”  

“Of course, we’ll be putting our old friend right to work,” Boehner said at the ceremony in Statuary Hall. “If you’re looking for his counsel or hoping to feel a little braver, you’ll find him just down the steps from here in a rotunda that — from this day forward — will be known as the Freedom Foyer.”  

In addition to Churchill, busts of Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth and Czech President Vaclav Havel are also on display in the small rotunda. The rotunda connects to the Crypt, just downstairs from Statuary Hall.

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