CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Wednesday, September 7, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.Con.Res. 67 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.Con.Res. 67 was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on July 28, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which took no official action.
H.Con.Res. 67 would authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds on September 30, 2011, for the 26th Annual District of Columbia Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, which would be run through the Capitol Grounds as part of the journey of the Special Olympics torch to the District of Columbia Special Olympics summer games.
According to the Special Olympics, the Law Enforcement Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kansas, Police Chief Richard LaMunyon saw a need to raise funds for and increase awareness of the Special Olympics. The Torch Run was quickly adopted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, now recognized as the founding law enforcement organization of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. Through sponsorships, t-shirt sales, and other charity events, the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run is the largest fund raiser for the Special Olympics. In 2008, the Law Enforcement Torch Run raised $34 million for Special Olympics Programs. More than 85,000 law enforcement officers carried the “Flame of Hope” across 35 nations, raising awareness and funds for the Special Olympics last year.
A CBO cost estimate for H.Con.Res. 67 was not available as of press time.