This concurrent resolution would allow the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to sponsor free and public soap box derby races on the Capitol grounds for an event on June 20, 2015.
What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 21?
Soapbox derby racers and their dreams of making it big, Beltway traffic, the local public, tourists, and the Capitol grounds.
Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 21
Because the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association (yes, there is one) would assume responsibility for all expenses and liabilities associated with the event, the CBO estimates that this concurrent resolution would cost the federal government absolutely nothing.
Unlike other derbies that happen around the country, this D.C. soapbox derby requires an act of Congress to ensure that the appropriate parties are authorized to plan the event (including the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police Board, and the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association).
Rep. Steny H. Hoyer, (D-MD) has been sponsoring this concurrent resolution to ensure that the derby can be held on Capitol Hill for over two decades.
Roll Call has a helpful description of this event:
"Enterprising young builders will careen down Constitution Avenue in home-assembled vehicles this summer, pending a green light from the House and Senate ... Scores of children and their families typically attend the event, which blocks off traffic around the Hill to make way for the wild driving. The winners go on to compete at the national final in Akron, Ohio. Soap box racing has a long history in Washington, beginning in 1938. The annual event has been moved around the city from Eastern Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue before finding a home on Capitol Hill."
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Chris DiGiamo)
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
concurrent resolution Progress
- The senate Passed April 23rd, 2015Passed by Voice Vote
- The house Passed April 21st, 2015Passed by Voice Vote
Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency ManagementCommittee on Transportation and InfrastructureIntroducedMarch 3rd, 2015
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