It may not take an act of Congress for Salt Lake City to win the 1998 Winter Olympics bid, but the Utah delegation is introducing one to help.
Rep. Wayne Owens, D-Utah, introduced a resolution Thursday - which is co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Orton, D-Utah, and Jim Hansen, R-Utah - to say Congress backs Utah's bid as American's nominee and pledges its full support to bring a Utah Olympics to fulfillment.Sens. Orrin Hatch and Jake Garn, R-Utah, plan to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate.
Owens told the House that as Brigham Young would say about Utah, "This is the place" for the 1998 Olympics - the site for which the International Olympics Committee will select from six competing cities in June at a meeting in Birmingham, England.
"I believe America's pioneer spirit still very much alive today in Utah is akin to the Olympic spirit. They are both inspired by a desire to make the world a better place, especially for future generations," Owens said.
"Utah says the world is welcome here and on behalf of the United States, I believe Congress should agree," he said.
Owens also said he believes that boycotts of Utah by such groups as the National Organization for Women because of Utah's new restrictive abortion law will have no effect on the effort for the resolution. He said such opposition is not well-organized and is no threat to the Olympic bid.