The children of Capitol Hill were able to do something uniquely American: call attention to a lack of rights, go forth in protest and win those rights in the end.
Last winter, a group of neighborhood kids defied a sledding ban at the Capitol and slid down the snow on the West Front, arguing it is the closest and safest hill to slide down. And, when this week's massive, year-end, $1.1 trillion appropriations bill was unveiled, members of Congress agreed. The omnibus spending package extended a provision House appropriators attached in April , which urged the Capitol Police Board to allow sledding on Capitol Hill. The move came after kids in the surrounding neighborhood garnered national media attention for defying the sledding ban. Members of Congress were accused of being the "grinches" of Capitol Hill for instituting the ban.