The ornate Beaux-Arts style Russell Caucus Room, where the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee meets, has witnessed its share of historic events. The Watergate hearings, the McCarthy hearings, the Iran contra hearings, and today, committee passage of a health overhaul bill all took place there.
But HELP Acting Chairman Chris Dodd (D-CT) may have gone too far when he waxed poetic on one infamous set of hearings, says NPR's Julie Rovner, who was on the scene.
"There were many important events that occurred in this room over the years. In fact, the hearings on the examination on what happened to the Titanic..." Dodd said.
But he caught himself: "...Which is not maybe the best example to use considering the effort we are undertaking," Dodd added hastily.