Congress welcomes sledders on Capitol Hill
Congress welcomes sledders on Capitol Hill Bashon Mann and his children sled down a hill at the Capitol as snow falls in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Congress welcomes sledders on Capitol Hill
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It took an act of Congress, but the children of Washington were finally welcome to sled on Capitol Hill.
 
With a major blizzard hitting Washington, the U.S. Capitol Police said Jan. 21 that they wouldn't enforce a sledding ban. The law forbids sledding. The ban is to protect the Capitol grounds. But in legislation that cleared Congress in December, lawmakers instructed the cops to chill out.
 
In prior years, Capitol police officers reluctantly enforced the ban. Last year people organized a "sled-in."  It had the full support of Washington's nonvoting delegate, Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton. A number of media covered the story. The police stood aside, avoiding the embarrassment and media coverage that would have come from breaking up the fun.
 
Enter the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Its chairman has an office that overlooks a prime sledding spot. The panel added language to a government funding bill that instructed the Capitol Police to "forbear enforcement" of the ban "when encountering snow sledders on the grounds."
 
The police were still there. But this time, they watched to make sure the kids were having a safe time of it.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween56/congress-welcomes-sledders-capitol-hill/

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What makes Capitol Hill good for sledding?
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COMMENTS (54)
  • mina-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:41 a.m.

    It is nice and steep for kids to go down

  • curtis-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:42 a.m.

    It is very steep

  • mason-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:45 a.m.

    It is tall.

  • tiffany-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:45 a.m.

    All the snow!!!!!!!!????????

  • colin-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:46 a.m.

    It looks like a big hill to sled on and all the snow ?????????

  • paige-str
    1/28/2016 - 10:51 a.m.

    It is steep

  • samanthas-1-ste
    1/28/2016 - 01:18 p.m.

    The Capitol Hill is large and steep so it is good for sledding. Plus, the police are watching so they are safe.

  • alvinb-wes
    1/28/2016 - 02:33 p.m.

    It's kinda nice that they got to sled and have fun with their family also it's nice cause they had the permission.

  • dashiellg-3-bar
    1/28/2016 - 04:02 p.m.

    Capitol hill is very special for sledding because it is right below an American monument (the capitol building) and kids can also have a very fun time. I thought it was interesting that police wouldn't let the kids sled on public property in the first place. I also thought it was interesting because there was a law against having fun, that is like if police would not let me play basketball at a public park.

  • samuelr-2-bar
    1/28/2016 - 04:10 p.m.

    The capitol hill is good for sledding because it is safe and big for kids to sled down. The hill is safe because "they watched to make sure the kids were having a safe time of it" The they in this article is referencing the police. The police watching the kids is great because it can make sure they are safe and that they do not vandalize the hill. The hill is also good for sledding because it is in prime position for the blizzard to dump snow on it. In conclusion,the capitol hill is good for sledding because it is safe and big for kids to sled down.

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