Congress in the Archives will feature staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Sharon Fitzpatrick.
In preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY,
Congress passed H.R. 5146, a bill to provide duty-free entry of
competition bobsleds and luges. The House Committee on Ways and Means reported, “The President’s Commission on Olympic Sports agrees that a major impediment to participation in these sports is the high cost of
equipment. There are no American bobsled or luge manufacturers and
this legislation would not adversely affect any United States
As shown in the document above, the bill was approved by conference
report and signed into law on November 9, 1978.
Bill File for H.R. 5146, 11/9/1978, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives