POSTED: July 19th 2016

Bipartisan resolution supporting LA 2024 Olympic bid passed by United States Congress

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MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Both the United States Senate and House of Representatives gave a huge boost the LA 2024's bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games by passing a bipartisan resolution that pledges support for the bid and expresses the "sincere hope" that the committee is successful.

"On behalf of the City of Los Angeles, I would like to thank both the United States Senate and the House of Representatives for their enthusiastic support as we work to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games back to the United States for the first time in 28 years. This is not only Los Angeles' bid for the Games - this is America's bid, and we are proud to have congressional backing as we work to show the IOC why LA would be the perfect home for the Games in 2024. There is a reason why more than 1,000 Olympians and Paralympians choose to live and train in Los Angeles - from our dependable climate to our abundance of world-class sporting infrastructure, our city lives and breathes Olympic and Paralympic sport. An overwhelming 88 percent of Angelenos support bringing the Games back to LA and we are humbled that nine out of ten Americans want the Games to return to the US," expressed LA Mayor, Eric Garcetti.

Congressmen Stephen Knight (R-CA) and Xavier Becerra (D-CA) introduced the resolution, which was passed in the House on July 12th. The resolution was also sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and passed in the Senate on July 14th. It praises LA 2024's "innovative, fiscally responsible, and sustainable Games Plan," along with saying that that the United States would "welcome the holding of the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Los Angeles."

"Los Angeles is an example of the extraordinary legacy an Olympic and Paralympic Games can leave behind in a city. As a long-time resident of the Greater Los Angeles area, I am thrilled to support a region that showcases the Olympic legacy in action every day, and that is uniquely suited to build on that legacy should Los Angeles be named host city in 2024," commented Congressman Steve Knight.

In addition, many House Representatives and Senators cosponsored the resolution. The bipartisan congressional resolution is only the latest show of federal support for LA 2024. This follows the enthusiastic endorsement of the United States President, Barack Obama and First Lady, Michelle Obama back in September of 2015. The bid is further cemented by the strong support by LA residents through a poll conducted in January and February of 2016 by Loyola Marymount University that shows 88% of the residents support the bid.

LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman concluded, "From Hollywood to Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and California are constantly at the cutting edge of imagining 'what's next.' LA 2024 is positioned to harness California's leadership and put American technology and innovation to work in order to deliver an Olympic and Paralympic Games that connects with and inspires the next generation. We are proud to receive congressional support as we work to reignite America's passion for the Games."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over five years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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