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Your Values Count—and This Time We’re Putting Our Money Behind You

Last week, in “A Tale of Two Budgets,” we wrote about the division in national values between the House Republican and Senate Democratic budgets.

The House and Senate aren’t meeting this week, but once again people are lining up, choosing sides, and deciding who they’re going to back.

Which bill is going to pass? Which bill should pass?

As always, it’s up to you. Let your member of Congress and senators know what you think. Vote and comment on the bill pages for each bill. And be sure to tell your friends and colleagues.

This time, though, the stakes are just a little bit higher.

WashingtonWatch.com is going to donate $100—that’s right, a century of semolians—to the organization that gets the most support.

Support in what, you ask?

From time to time, Congress allows certain groups to use the Capitol grounds for their events. Two bills to do so were recently cost-scored by the Congressional Budget Office, which means they’re likely to move through the House and Senate soon.

And you get to choose which one is more important. At the end of this week, we’ll donate $100 to the event that has the most support from you, as shown by affirmative votes on H. Con. Res. 18 and H. Con. Res. 19.*

H. Con. Res. 18 would authorize the use of the Capitol Grounds for the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2013, the 32nd annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service will be held on the West Front of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (assuming legislation authorizing it passes). The event is sponsored by the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police and the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary.

H. Con. Res. 19 would authorizing the use of the Capitol Grounds for the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby.

On Saturday, June 15, 2013, soap box cars will race down the Hill adjacent to the Capitol, reaching hair-raising speeds as young people compete in a variety of soap box derby car classes. That is, assuming the legislation authorizing it passes. The event is sponsored by the Greater Washington Soap Box Derby Association.

SO. Who should get to use the Capitol grounds? Well, both should! But who should get that sweet $100 contribution from WashingtonWatch.com? That is up to you. At the end of the coming week—Friday, March 29th at midnight Eastern time—we’ll take a look at which bill has the highest level of support.

Tell your friends!

Below is the current vote for H. Con. Res. 18 (peace officers’ memorial) and H. Con. Res. 19 (soap box derby). Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki articles about the bills.

*We’ll calculate “support” by multiplying the number of votes by the percentage of votes “for” each resolution. Voting “no” on a resolution will not help the other.

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