JONAS IS COMING, GET YOUR SLEDS. We’re counting down the hours until the start of what is expected to be a record-breaking blizzard here in Washington, and residents of Capitol Hill are getting ready to hit their neighborhood’s namesake slopes. The big snow will provide eager snowbirds their first chance to take advantage of a provision tucked away in the year-end spending bill that eases enforcement of a sledding ban on Capitol grounds. Power Post has more:
The legislation instructs the Capitol Police to “forbear enforcement” of a 1963 ban intended to “protect the public property, turf and grass of Capitol Grounds from injury.”
When translated from Congress-speak that means the grounds are again fair game for residents looking for a little fun during the upcoming snowfall.
“All families need to worry about now is picking the best time to go sledding,” Norton said in a statement on Thursday.
But even this act of Congress doesn’t come without caveats and legalese. A statement released by Capitol Police on Thursday warns that officers can still send snowbirds packing if the conditions are too dangerous.
“Please note,” the statement said. “If the conditions are unsafe for the public and/or the Congressional community USCP officers will limit the amount of sledding in the best interest of the public.”
TREASURY CONTROL OVER BEER LABELS? KASICH HELPED CREATE THAT. Beer label policy isn’t your typical campaign fodder, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich has been promising to roll back federal control of a brewer’s packaging as part of his presidential bid. But the Wall Street Journal’s Richard Rubin points out that Kasich actually helped update the pre-prohibition law, a move that placed the Treasury Department in control of beer labeling.
“The Alcoholic Beverage Labeling Act of 1988 required that the statement be in a “conspicuous and prominent place” on the bottle and appear on a “contrasting background.” It authorized the Treasury Secretary to determine the appropriate type size and issue regulations.
Those requirements were part of a broader anti-drug bill that passed the Senate 87-3 and the House 346-11. President Ronald Reagan signed it into law.
Mr. Kasich voted with the overwhelming House majority.”
U.S. TO SIGN TPP NEXT MONTH. Prospects for the Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement may be dim in Congress, but the United States is still planning to sign the final deal on Feb. 4, officially starting the timeline for Congress to pass the legislation. The Hill has more:
While the signing of the deal is a significant step, there is not a hard and fast deadline on when the White House will send Congress the implementing bill.
The Obama administration and congressional leaders, along with other supporters of the TPP deal, have vowed to work together to resolve outstanding issues and deciding when it is best to send the agreement to Capitol Hill for votes.