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  • Congressional Olympic Caucus Unveiled Wednesday


    04/20/10

    The formation of an Olympic congressional caucus will be announced Wednesday. (Getty Images)
    (ATR) Around the Rings has learned who will serve as the leadership of an Olympic U.S. congressional caucus.

    ATR has learned the House caucus will be chaired by Representatives John Boozman (R-AR), James Langevin (D – RI), Ed Perlmutter (D—CO), and David Reichert (R—WA). The House caucus was approved on Feb. 12, with no further details of its membership available.

    The caucus, formally titled the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus, will exist in both the U.S. House and Senate with bi-partisan membership. It will address Olympic legislative issues as they arise. This is the first known Olympic caucus.

    Senator Bill Bennett, a Democrat from Colorado, will sponsor the formation of the caucus in the Senate. The USOC is based in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    A staffer from Sen. Bennett’s office told Around the Rings
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team to the White House on Thursday. (Getty Images)
    : “we’re going to make an announcement tomorrow [Wednesday] on that”.

    The announcement will come at the start of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team’s visit to Washington D.C. On the schedule is a reception Wednesday at the Supreme Court. The highlight of the trip comes Thursday when President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome the team to the White House. The White House greeting is a tradition following every Olympics.

    A USOC executive told ATR last week it will meet with the caucus “a handful of times each year just to kind of brief them on what our issues are... and to brief them on how we’re doing”. The USOC said it was “not in a position quite yet” to make a formal announcement about the caucus.

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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