Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilor

Kenyan McDuffie, Ward 5 Councilor

From a press release:

Today, Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D – Ward 5) joined his Council colleagues to urge President Obama to place the District of Columbia’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plates on the presidential limousines.

In 2000, the District made “Taxation Without Representation” the official license plate motto to call attention to the District’s lack representation in Congress. This week, the Council passed an emergency Sense of the Council Resolution encouraging President Obama to start using the tag in time for the inaugural parade on January 21.

Councilmember McDuffie offered the following statement on the issue:

“The District of Columbia’s residents pay taxes and are held accountable to federal laws, but we do not have a vote in Congress. I am pleased that President Obama is reportedly supportive of voting rights for District residents. Displaying the “Taxation Without Representation” tags would demonstrate his support and help increase awareness about the District’s second-class status.

“I stand with my colleagues and ask that the President place the “Taxation Without Representation” plates on the presidential limousine. Additionally, I urge President Obama to do it prior to the inauguration, so millions of Americans will be able to grasp the reality faced by the residents of the District of Columbia.”

The DC Council is trying to convice the President to use DC’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plates on his limo to bring attention to DC’s status (his limo currently uses the non-political DC license plate design bearing the city’s website address).  Presumably, they want this in time for the inauguration, when all eyes will be on DC.

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