CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, March 18, 2013, the House is scheduled to consider H.Con.Res. 19, a resolution authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on February 26, 2013 by Rep. Steny Hoyer (R-MD) and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which reported the bill by voice vote.
H.Con.Res. 19 authorizes the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association to sponsor soap box derby races, free and open to the public, on the Capitol grounds. The event will be held on June 15, 2013 and the sponsor will be responsible for all costs associated with the event.
Every year, children from across the country compete in local and regional soap box derby races for a chance to go to the national competition. Since 1938, Washington area children have had the privilege to compete in the nation’s capital. In 2012, over sixty children between the ages of eighty and seventeen participated in the Washington regional, competing in cars which they made themselves by hand. This year’s winners in each of the three divisions will go on to compete in the national All-American Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio.
The Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association is a local group affiliated with International Soap Box Derby, Inc. The association is responsible for organizing and promoting local races in the DC metro area. According to the group, “Soap Box Derby racing promotes families working together, teaching youngsters some of the basic skills of workmanship, sportsmanship, the spirit of competition, and the perseverance to continue a project to completion.”