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  • Authorizing Use of Capitol Grounds for Greater Washington Soap Box Derby

    by Representative Richard M. Nolan

    Posted on 2013-03-18

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    NOLAN. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.



    I was delighted to learn today from my son, Michael--who is visiting us and sitting in the gallery--that while we are looking at 40-mile- per-hour winds and blizzard conditions back in Minnesota, the snow is piling up. My son's good friend and coworker Toby, along with other kids and dads in our hometown, are bundled up in their garages and in their basements as we speak, designing and building their ultimate speed machines--the soap box racers--getting themselves ready for the exciting annual experience.

    I personally have nothing but the fondest memories of long hot summer days scrounging the neighborhood for old wagon wheels, axles, two-by- fours, and thin sheets of tin or aluminum as all of us kids in the neighborhood scrambled to build our soap box racers for the annual summer races down Cemetery Hill.

    These races were never formally recognized by the proper authorities, I must admit. In fact, we were frequently chased out of the cemetery by [[Page H1556]] the superintendent and his subordinates, as well as being chased off the city streets, quite frankly, by the local police, who no doubt had our personal safety and the public safety in mind at the time.

    But law enforcement and the establishment never stopped us from enjoying those annual summer races. It was nothing but pure creative, constructive, exhilarating joy and pleasure that we experienced in our Soap Box Derby racers.

    So with those golden days of yore in mind, I am delighted to support H. Con. Res. 19, extending proper recognition in authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby on June 15 of this year.

    I would also like to acknowledge the steadfast support of this event by Mr. Hoyer, who has truly been a champion for his constituents in this regard. This bipartisan resolution has the support of the entire D.C.-area delegation.

    On the date of the event, soap boxers from the Greater Washington area will race down Constitution Avenue to test their craftsmanship and their courage in Soap Box Derby racing. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 will be competing for the opportunity to race in the National All-American Soap Box Derby held every August in Akron, Ohio.

    Consistent with all events using Capitol Grounds, this event is open to the public and free of charge. The organizers will work with the Capitol Police and the Architect of the Capitol to organize the details of the event.

    Mr. Speaker, I support H. Con. Res. 19 and urge passage of this resolution.

    I reserve the balance of my time.

    Announcement by the Speaker Pro Tempore The SPEAKER pro tempore. Members are reminded that it is a violation of the rules of the House to bring to the attention of the House occupants of the gallery.

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