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Presidential Limo To Use 'Taxation Without Representation' Plates

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The presidential limo will soon use the D.C.'s "Taxation Without Representation" plates to advocate District autonomy.
The presidential limo will soon use the D.C.'s "Taxation Without Representation" plates to advocate District autonomy.

President Obama has decided to put the District's "taxation without representation" license plates on all presidential limousines, just in time for the inauguration.

"President Obama has lived in the District now for four years, and 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," said White House spokesman Keith Maley in a statement.

The move drew immediate praise from James Jones of DC Vote, an organization that last month launched a petition calling for the plates to be placed on the presidential limo.

"The President's understanding of our situation and taking action to acknowledge our situation here gives us confidence down the road when more substantive issues come up, that he's going to be on our side," Jones says. "He's been on our side most of the time, but now we know he's someone we can count on."

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray took to his Twitter account after the news broke, saying he had spoken to the President to thank him for using the plates.

The "Taxation Without Representation" phrase was added to District license plates in 2000. President Bill Clinton originally adopted the tags on the presidential limo, but they were removed under President George W. Bush.


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