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Melanie Wong | Jan 9, 202111:55 PM     5

Amid the horror of Wednesday's violent siege of the Capitol and flipping between live newscasts and social media, I recall an interview with one Congresswoman where she mentioned receiving a box lunch of roast chicken and, I think, steamed broccoli when huddled in the safe-room. Kind of mind-boggling that among gunshots while armed insurrectionists are invading the Capitol and security patrols attempting to fend off the mob, the Congressional food service workers were cranking out and delivering lunches.

The next day, I read Peter Kane's first person account of events in the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/politi... that included this paragraph:

"Somehow, Capitol food service operations still appeared to be up and running through the melee. At 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., hundreds of box lunches and bottles of water were rolled into the holding spot. Senators, staff, media and police wielding automatic weapons grabbed lunches of chicken and beef."

So I have to ask those of you who might know more about the layout, were food service workers barricaded in a protected space? I have a vague teen-age memory of touring and lunching on Senate bean soup, but remember nothing about where the kitchen might be. Often they're underground and maybe the workers were safe there. I hate to think that they were put at risk.

In any case, kudos to them for feeding and keeping the cogs of government running on this day of infamy.

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