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Campus Notebook: What! Free Bikes!

House staffers will soon have a new way to get around town, thanks to the long-anticipated Wheels4Wellness bike-sharing program that will be unveiled this afternoon.

[IMGCAP(1)]Both Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.) will be on hand to formally introduce the program that will put 30 bikes at various locations on the House side of the Capitol campus. The bikes will have lights, odometers and baskets, and will be available for House staffers to use at their leisure for up to 12 hours at a time. The Office of the House Chief Administrative Officer is hoping to have all bikes in place by Monday.

“I’ve always believed the federal government should lead by example, and one thing we must be doing is providing people with transportation choices,” said Blumenauer, a member of the Bike Caucus. “The Wheels for Wellness program will help staff get around, save money, and reduce their carbon footprint.”

House employees can sign up to use the bikes at the House Staff Fitness Center in Room 24 of the G-2 level of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Phil Get Your Gun! D.C. Councilmember Phil Mendelson on Tuesday introduced emergency legislation that will lift the D.C. gun ban in compliance with the Supreme Court ruling that it violated District residents’ Second Amendment rights.

Traditionally D.C. laws must be reviewed by Congress before taking effect, but because the Council is recessing on July 16 for the summer, Mendelson introduced the law in emergency form, which bypasses this step.

The emergency law, which will take immediate effect and last for 90 days, will allow residents to register guns in the District and keep them in their home without a trigger lock. Guns must be kept unloaded and disassembled unless they are being used in the home for self-defense.

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