Below is a note from FNC Chad Pergram: (and note, this pic is from a prior year)
Urgent: Capitol Christmas tree now lit
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
Sits on the West Front of the Capitol, facing the National Mall.
The Capitol Christmas tree is a tradition dating back to 1964. It’s the tallest tree they’ve ever had according to Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)…at 88 feet.
This is an Englemann Spruce from the Colville National Forest in Washington State.
As soon as House Speaker Boehner (R-OH) began speaking, several dozen immigration reform protesters began seranding Boehner…trying to disrupt the ceremony. They sang Christmas carols, sprinkled with pro-immigration reform lyrics and referencing Boehner…demanding a vote.
They wielded signs reading “immigration reform now” and “Keeping Families Together.”
They later chanted “immigration reform….now!”
Many of the demonstrators were children accompanied by adults.
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill