Sideshow: Congressional Chaos This Week

Children sled on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a snow storm in Washington
Children sled on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol during a snow storm in Washington March 5, 2015. Sledding on U.S. Capitol grounds was prohibited after the...

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It took a group of brave-hearted kids and their patriotic spirits to temporarily lift the ban on sledding at Capitol Hill.

During Thursday’s snowstorm, children and their parents took their snow day (and their sleds) to the Hill in pursuit of defying Capitol police regulations and exercising their right to sled.

The ban dates back to 1876.  However, on Wednesday, D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton requested a lift on the ban in the name of fun.

“Children and their parents should able to enjoy sledding on one of the best hills in the city,” she said.

Capitol police denied her request and thus the “sled-in” began.  It wasn’t long until the ban was lifted for the day and the children made history.  


In other Congressional news, Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry was the victim of a “glitter-bomb” by pro-choice campaigners.  Fortenberry has spoken out against abortion.  In response, someone sent a letter packed with hot pink glitter...which, of course, went everywhere. The letter read: “You’ve earned this for trying to deny women their right to choice. Mind your own uterus. Love, GBFC", which stands for Glitter Bombs for Choice.  

Fortenberry has since addressed the “glitter-bomb” with a statement of his own, reading: “Anyone is free to disagree with me, but to resort to these tactics in a heightened threat environment is reckless and a waste of precious law enforcement resources."

The glitter-bomb was a first in the state of Nebraska.