It’s rough sledding on Capitol Hill.
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Two major storms coated metropolitan Washington in mid-February with close to a foot of snow. The squalls canceled schools and shuttered the federal government. Those are the perfect ingredients to dispatch a blizzard of children and parents to Capitol Hill — armed with Flexible Flyers, snow tubes and inflatable toboggans. All were determined to turn the 85-foot high knoll — which Washington planner Pierre L’Enfant described as a “pedestal awaiting a monument” — into a congressional version of the luge track at Lake Placid.
That was until the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) showed up. Officers (politely) put the winter merriment on ice, telling the sledders to get off “America’s Lawn.”