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house Bill H. Con. Res. 119

Allowing the Greater D.C. Soap Box Derby to be Held on the Capitol Grounds

Argument in favor

The annual soap box derby on the Capitol grounds is a Washington, D.C. tradition that doesn’t cost the federal government any money.

SouthernGal's Opinion
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04/18/2016
Why is this before congress? Congress needs to do a budget, not mess with kids. Congressional grounds belong to the people and the people want to use it for a kids soap box derby. Get over yourselves and get to work.
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Alis's Opinion
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04/29/2016
Perhaps the elected ones should be inconvenienced occasionally by constituents. Pay back is a bitch!
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Jessica's Opinion
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11/23/2016
Our tax dollars used to debate this?? Sigh... more government waste ,
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Argument opposed

Congress needs to put a stop to this tradition. The Capitol grounds aren’t a racetrack and this event creates a traffic nightmare in the D.C. area.

Loraki's Opinion
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05/16/2016
Do we actually need a BILL for this?! I get so annoyed by some of the nonsensical stuff that Congress spends their time on! Congress has more important things they need to be considering!
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Mart's Opinion
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04/18/2016
Why is this an issue for $174,000 per year job?
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Buster's Opinion
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05/16/2016
The only reason I voted May was Why is this even before congress is this their way of wasting Time and money
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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 119?

This resolution would allow the Capitol Grounds to be used for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby race on June 18, 2016. It authorizes the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police Board, and the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to negotiate about what is needed to hold the race at the Capitol.

The event would be free and open to the public, and the 2016 race would mark the 75th time the derby has been held in Washington, D.C. The first D.C. soap box derby was held in 1938, and attracted 223 racers.

Impact

Participants, spectators, and organizers of the Greater D.C. Soap Box Derby; Capitol officials, especially law enforcement; and D.C. area traffic.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 119

$0.00
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would result in no significant expenses to the federal government.

More Information

In-Depth: This resolution was introduced by Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), who has been a vocal advocate for the soap box derby in the past and praised the competition for its potential to bring communities together:

“Called, and I quote, ‘the greatest amateur racing event in the world,’ America’s Soap Box Derby bring parents, children and friends and neighbors together. They teach hard work, leadership, sportsmanship, and pride of achievement. These values not only make great soap box racers, but great American and leaders in business, government, science, and the arts.”

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee passed this resolution by voice vote, and it is supported by seven cosponsors, including six Democrats and a Republican.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Ben Husmann)

Official Title

Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.

concurrent resolution Progress


  • The senate Passed June 7th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed April 18th, 2016
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedFebruary 25th, 2016

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