Bill to allow sledding on Capitol Hill advances


It is going to be months before winter comes back, but Congress is still talking about sledding on Capitol Hill issue. The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday passed a bill that would allow sledding on the Capitol grounds. The measure (an amendment to an appropriations bill) does not necessarily reverse the ban, but rather specifically instructs the Capitol Police to disregard enforcement rules. The ban on sledding has been around for a long time, but until this winter it had been ages since anyone had actually enforced it. Representative Sam Farr (D-California), who had been the first to introduce the amendment to allow sledding, stated that the impetus to enforce the ban came from some members of Congress. Residents published petitions and organized “sled-ins” to defy the ban. Farr added that the Capitol does not belong to Congress, it belongs to the people.


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