We all know that the Capitol Visitor Center was three years behind schedule and nearly $400 million over budget. But for all that extra time and money, you would have thought someone would have made sure Congress got its facts straight.
Engraved in the center’s walls is the saying â€œE Pluribus Unum,â€ Latin for â€œfrom many, one.â€ The carving is described as the national motto,Â but itâ€™s not.
AÂ 1956 act of Congress made the nationâ€™s official motto â€œIn God We Trust.â€
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., has raised a ruckus over the failure to include the nationâ€™s official motto and the Pledge of AllegianceÂ in the center, saying it was ignoring Americaâ€™s religious history.
Sens. Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and Robert Bennett, R-Utah, have acknowledged it was a mistake to call the Latin saying the national motto. For now the words describing it as such have been plastered over, according to this wire story in the Miami Herald.
The two senators agreed to engrave a prominent location in the centerÂ â€œIn God We Trustâ€ and label it the national motto. They also agreed to add the pledge to the center. The cost to taxpayers will be $150,000.
No matter what side you come down on in the religiousÂ debate raisedÂ by DeMint, one thing is clear: Members of Congress should know what the actual national motto is…especially before engraving it into a $621 million building.