LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — While there were celebrations of America’s independence all over D.C. this weekend, there will be no such celebration for the District itself anytime soon.
Even after a few years of massive surpluses, the District still lacks the freedom to spend its own money without Congress signing off first. A budget referendum passed in April, but it still needs to clear a 30-day Congressional review period.
In his weekly radio address exclusive to All-News 99.1 WNEW, Mayor Vincent Gray says the end of those 30 days is almost here. He also argued that it is “high time for full democracy to come to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who live, literally, within the sight of the Capitol dome.”
D.C. still does not have full Congressional voting representation, despite its residents paying billions in federal taxes per year.
Since the 1760s, the phrase “‘No Taxation Without Representation’ became a standard rallying cry for American patriots fighting British tyranny,” Gray said. The Revolutionary War lasted until 1783, when American colonists prevailed over Great Britain and won the freedom to govern themselves.
“Over two centuries later, there remains one jurisdiction in our country that does not enjoy that freedom,” Gray said. “It is time to free D.C., and end the shameful practice of taxation without representation, once and for all. Our nation’s founding patriots would demand nothing less.”
Listen to Gray’s full radio address here: