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, however, revelers orchestrated a "sled-in."  It had the full support of Washington's nonvoting delegate, Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton. A complement 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, whose chairman has an office overlooking 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.

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COMMENTS (33)
  • katieg-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:39 a.m.

    It has a lot of snow on the hill so you will go down the hill fast and the snow is very fun to play in.

    the snow is so fun you can make snowman's,snow angels and you go sledding.

  • deckhyab-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:40 a.m.

    The cops hill out and the children play,but the police make sure the kids are safe.

  • mavisr-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    From how tall it is.

  • dianam-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:43 a.m.

    Maybe that was awesome for the kids from Washington.

  • bimalk-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:47 a.m.

    Because the sledding place was in the Washington dc capitol house.

  • duyenn-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:53 a.m.

    It good for sledding because is a hill .

  • ezekialb-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:56 a.m.

    I would love to sled on capitol hill.

  • jovonna-eva
    1/27/2016 - 10:56 a.m.

    What makes capitol good for sledding is that they make sure kids are safe at all times. Another thing that makes capitol hill good for sledding is that its a fun place to go sledding on.

  • syrahiab-eva
    1/27/2016 - 11:01 a.m.

    It is good for sledding because it is huge.

  • lucasd-3-bar
    1/27/2016 - 06:15 p.m.

    Capital Hill is good for speeding because it is one of the only hills in Washington D.C. The other parts of Washington are flat and have buildings. This article was interesting, and I would love to go sledding on the hill if I ever was there during a storm.

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