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House Votes To Lift Ban On Capitol Hill Sledding

Children sled down Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 8, 2010 as the District of Columbia and the mid-Atlantic region
Children sled down Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 8, 2010 as the District of Columbia and the mid-Atlantic region recover from a weekend blizzard that droped more than two feet of snow (about 75 cm) on the capital. The Federal Government closed today along with schools and many businesses. AFP PHOTO / Tim SLOAN (Photo credit should read TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, May 20 (Reuters) - The House of Representatives has voted to lift a ban on sledding on the U.S. Capitol grounds, freeing the area for one of Washington's winter delights, the District of Columbia's congresswoman said.

The legislation passed by the House of Representative urges the U.S. Capitol Police not to enforce the law, which has prohibited sledding for security reasons since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

"Today the commonsense non-enforcement of the sledding ban on Capitol Hill, the way it has been for many years, is assured," Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said in a statement late on Tuesday.

The provision is not yet scheduled for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

In February, Norton made the request to U.S. Capitol Police following news reports that officers, citing security issues, shooed away would-be sledders after a snowfall in the U.S. capital. Norton called the ban "Scrooge-like."

Dozens of people staged a "sled-in" on Capitol Hill in March during a late-winter snowstorm, ignoring the police ban. (Reporting by John Clarke; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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