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, 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.

Source URL: https://www.tweentribune.com/article/tween78/congress-welcomes-sledders-capitol-hill/

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What makes Capitol Hill good for sledding?
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COMMENTS (33)
  • jacksonm-2-bar
    1/28/2016 - 09:29 p.m.

    Capitol hill is good for sledding because the blizzard that just hit is making the snowfall level vary much above what we would be expecting. The police last year would not allow people to sled on sacred grounds but now congress passed a rule that they could now sled with all the new snow.
    This article was interesting to me because i have always wanted to sled.

  • josephd-6-bar
    1/28/2016 - 11:45 p.m.

    Capitol hill is good for sledding because there is a major blizzard blowing lots of snow onto the hill which is perfect for sledding. I think its good that kids get to play on capitol hill because the police can focus more of their attention on crime instead of kids sledding.

  • brookes-r-bar
    1/29/2016 - 12:37 a.m.

    I can assume Capitol Hill is good for sledding because hens the name, "Hill" which means it probably has a slope that would make it good for sledding because snow would build up nicely. "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." (paragraph 2)
    This tells you that with a major blizzard coming in everyone was prepared for sledders on this hill which gives you a hint that it is good for sledding. I like this story because it is probably exciting for all these families which is joyful.

  • theaw-4-bar
    1/29/2016 - 12:51 a.m.

    Capitol Hill is good for sledding because it has a lot of snow. according to the article Capitol Hill is a "prime sledding spot." I found it nice how now finally people can have fun in a political place and they won't get in trouble for it. I also found it weird because there are many other sledding locations. However, I liked this article.

  • luket-4-bar
    1/29/2016 - 01:35 a.m.

    Capitol Hill is good for sledding because it is a steep hill. It is also a cool sledding location for tourists, because to sled on a hill as famous as Capitol Hill would be an interesting story to tell.
    I thought this article was funny because the government realized that they didn't need to be wasting police officers time enforcing a sledding ban.

  • tiffanyf-1-bar
    1/29/2016 - 01:52 a.m.

    The Capitol Hill is good for sledding because of the "major blizzard hitting Washington" currently. The capitol also appears to be a pretty steep hill which would be useful to help the children sled down safely. Children enjoying the snow will also be safe from harm because police are constantly watching over them. This article is interesting because it describes police officers going from banning children to keeping them from getting hurt.

  • taylorl-3-bar
    1/29/2016 - 11:21 a.m.

    Capitol Hill is a good place to sled because it has steep safe hills and the weather is perfect there. i chose this article because i wanted to go there sometime.

  • ashleighw-mea
    1/29/2016 - 12:09 p.m.

    Capitol Hill is good for sledding because the snow packs down well and the hill is steep enough to sled down.

  • andrewa-ver
    2/01/2016 - 08:57 a.m.

    It is on a hill and their is lots of snow.

  • justiny-2-bar
    2/01/2016 - 10:45 p.m.

    What makes Capitol Hill a good place for sledding is that it is a large place in a large city that isn't covered by concrete and it is really close to the Capitol Building. I found it surprising and interesting that they would allow people to sled on federal land. The land is at risk of damage by the sleds. If they allow sledders than they should allow skate borders.

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