WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) – President Barack Obama will put the District’s “Taxation Without Representation” license plates on his limos starting this weekend, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said Tuesday.
The decision to display the city’s tags — which call attention to the District’s lack of voting representation in Congress — on his vehicles comes just in time for the upcoming presidential inauguration.
White House officials said in a statement to The Washington Post that Obama will use the license plate because he has seen “first-hand how patently unfair it is for working families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress.”
“Attaching these plates to the presidential vehicles demonstrates the President’s commitment to the principle of full representation for the people of the District of Columbia and his willingness to fight for voting rights, Home Rule and budget autonomy for the District,” the statement said, adding that the symbolic plates will stay on Obama’s vehicles for the duration of his second term.
Vincent C. Gray (@mayorvincegray) January 15, 2013
D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Councilmember Mary Cheh met Friday at the White House with David Agnew, Obama’s director of intergovernmental relations. The council passed a resolution calling on Obama to start using the plates in time for his inauguration.
The council noted former President Bill Clinton used the District’s taxation plates, but they were removed by former President George W. Bush in 2001.
City leaders added the phrase “Taxation Without Representation” to standard-issue license plates in 2000.
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