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H.R. 4003: Let Freedom Sing Act

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If only the bill also penalized singers who clap on the “one” and the “three.”


In May, a viral video showed U.S. Capitol Police stopping South Carolina’s Rushingbrook Children’s Choir from singing The Star-Spangled Banner inside the Capitol.

The group of 15 kids had traveled to Washington, D.C. and stood inside the Capitol Building’s Statuary Hall. Midway through the song, an official approached the choir’s (adult) director David Rashbach and whispered in his ear to stop the performance. A moment later, Rashbach did.

Musical performances are banned inside the Capitol Building without permission, but Capitol Police didn’t realize that the choir had secured permission from the office of Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA20).

The Capitol Police, for its part, said the shutdown was in error.

“Although popup demonstrations …

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Joe Wilson

Sponsor. Representative for South Carolina's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2023
Length: 4 pages
Jun 12, 2023
118th Congress (2023–2025)

Introduced on Jun 12, 2023

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on June 12, 2023. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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8 Cosponsors (8 Republicans)

1% chance of being enacted (details)


Jun 12, 2023

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H.R. 4003 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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