Norton pushing to allow sledding on D.C.’s famous hill

WASHINGTON — Congress may be on a downhill slide, but that doesn’t mean you can go sledding.

On a recent snow day, kids and parents found out the most famous hill in Washington is not open for traditional winter fun.

Now, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., is pushing to end the ban on sledding on Capitol grounds.

“You can do everything on that hill, it would appear, but sled,” she says. “You can play a game; you can walk; you can walk your dog.”

In a letter to U.S. Capitol Police Board Chair Frank Larkin, Norton wrote that the sledding ban is “Scrooge-like.”

“For kids to go sledding once or twice a year ought not matter to the Capitol Police,” she says.

The letter said that Americans should be able to sled on “America’s front lawn.” It added that D.C. hasn’t got many sledding hills, and that the grounds of the U.S. Capitol provide the perfect sledding venue.

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