Capitol Hill sledding ban lifted in spending bill

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This winter, children could be allowed to sled down Capitol Hill.

A provision in the $1.9 trillion government-funding bill lifts a controversial sledding ban that previously stopped children from sliding down the West Lawn at the Capitol.

{mosads}The sledding provision was championed by Washington, D.C., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D).

“The Committee understands the need to maintain safety and order on the Capitol grounds and commends the Capitol Police for their efforts,” reads a staff report that accompanied the government funding bill. “However, given the family-style neighborhood that the Capitol shares with the surrounding community the Committee would instruct the Capitol Police to forebear enforcement … when encountering snow sledders on the grounds.”

Dozens of children and their families protested the sledding ban last winter by organizing a sled-in. Capitol Police looked the other way and did not arrest any of the children for breaking the law.

But Norton is fighting to lift the ban altogether. The sledding ban will be lifted if lawmakers approve the broader government-funding bill.

The only question is whether it will snow this winter. Washington has had multiple days this December hit record high temperatures.


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