concurrent resolution Progress
- The senate Passed April 27th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
- The house Passed April 25th, 2017Passed by Voice Vote
Committee on Transportation and InfrastructureEconomic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency ManagementIntroducedMarch 20th, 2017
- house Committees
What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 36?
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 17, 2017. 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.
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. 36
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: 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 Hoyer (D-MD) 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."
- Sponsoring Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) Statement in Favor (Video)
- CBO Cost Estimate (Previous Version)
- The Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Facebook Page
- Roll Call
(Photo Credit: Flickr user Chris DiGiamo)
Authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.
Why not? Hold the Soap Box Derby on the weekend when the Royal Family are at their southern estates. Someone should be getting use of the White House on the weekends. Maybe a tradition should be started allowing community picnickers to use the White House on the weekend. I understand that it has a large kitchen space.
Capital Hill does belong to we the ppl. A family outing to watch the children on our historical country's birthplace what could be more memorable and thrilling. Like to see some political officials with their children in the festivities.
I'm voting YEA, but it infuriates me for Congress to spend time on stuff like this! This derby has been going on for many years! Does it just HAVE TO be held on the Capitol grounds?! Isn't this just a matter of prestige (okay, AND tradition)??? There are so many pressing issues that Congress needs to focus on, and this is not one of them! They say it's the squeaky wheel that gets the grease, so I'm going to keep squeaking LOUDLY! GET BUSY AND TAKE MEASURES TO START HARDENING OUR ELECTRICAL GRIDS AGAINST AN EMP ATTACK BY NORTH KOREA, IRAN, OR ONE OF OUR OTHER ENEMIES, BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!!!