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house Bill H. Con. Res. 19

Letting the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Use the Capitol Grounds

Argument in favor

Soap box derbies are fun, family-friendly events and D.C.'s race has traditionally been held on Capitol Hill.

David 's Opinion
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04/07/2019
Go for it!! Probably the most productive thing Congress can do all year - and that’s not a sarcastic remark,
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04/08/2019
We need a morale boost in this country, especially in DC. Why not let 'em?
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J. scott's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Yes why not let the children and their dads enjoy themselves.
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Argument opposed

The Greater Washington Soap Box Derby can happen some place else other than the Capitol Grounds.

Shortfuse's Opinion
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04/08/2019
This would be a expensive endeavor for all Americans. Why create a new venue for this and cost tax payers to facilitate? Sorry not on my dime! Fix health care.
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Karen's Opinion
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04/08/2019
Fix healthcare with money this will cost instead.
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Fran's Opinion
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04/09/2019
Look no further than this to understand why our elected officials have our government tied up in knots.....wasting their time voting for this crap? REALLY?!?!?!
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concurrent resolution Progress


  • The senate Passed April 10th, 2019
    Passed by Voice Vote
  • The house Passed April 8th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 386 Yea / 0 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
      Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2019

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What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 19?

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 15, 2019. Congressional approval is required for using the Capitol grounds. 
As a concurrent resolution, this legislation would have to be approved by both the House and Senate, but wouldn't require a presidential signature.

Impact

Soapbox derby racers and their dreams of making it big; the general public; tourists; and the Capitol grounds.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 19

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) introduced this concurrent resolution to allow the D.C. soapbox derby to be held on Capitol Hill. When he introduced this resolution into the 116th Congress in April 2019, Rep. Hoyer said:
“This is our seventy-seventh year – our region’s Soap Box Derby will be a fun and educational event that brings families together. It will be held on Saturday, June 16, as I’m sure has already been said, and see soap-box racers from ages eight to seventeen compete in three divisions: stock, super stock, and masters. The winner from each one of these divisions, Mr. Speaker, will go on to compete at the National All-American Soap Box Derby held each year in Akron, Ohio. I was very proud of last year’s winners from Maryland’s Fifth District: eleven-year-olds Ian Jameson in the stock class and Ryan Jameson in super stock. These twin brothers are from Hollywood, Maryland, the county in which I live, which is the most southern county in the state. They worked hard on their soap box racers, as did all the other young people who participated. Ian Jameson went on to win fourth place at the All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron. Maryland’s Fifth District has been home to several Greater Washington Soap Box Derby champions in recent years, including the winners from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2014. Is there any doubt in any Members’ minds as to why I am so supportive of the soap box derby? We do very well in the derby. Our racers even won national championships in 2007 and 2008. I feel confident that the Fifth District racers will continue to shine this year. Soap box derbies have been called the ‘greatest amateur racing event in the world.’ They have a long tradition in our country, and many Americans carry fond memories of building soap box racers with their parents or other relatives when they were young. So... I am pleased to rise in strong support of this all-American activity that will happen right here on the nation’s Capitol Hill.”
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. Hoyer has been sponsoring this concurrent resolution to ensure that the derby can be held on Capitol Hill for over two decades

Of Note: 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."

Media:

AKA

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

Official Title

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