Presidential Limos to Feature “Taxation Without Representation” Plates

After six years, the Presidential limos will once again feature D.C.’s official license plate and its famous motto: “taxation without representation.” The new plates, which were announced this week, will be in use for Monday’s inaugural parade.

Washington, D.C. adopted its present license plate in 2000 as a way to protest the fact that the city’s residents have no voting representation in Congress. President Clinton adopted the plates towards the end of his term in office, but President Bush subsequently removed the plates.

By adopting the official license plates, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to expanding the rights of D.C. residents. A White House spokesman said, “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.”

D.C.’s Mayor Gray, who actively pushed the President to use the plates, expressed his satisfaction, declaring, “I appreciate the president agreeing to bring attention to this important issue during the inauguration festivities.”

The Reform Movement has actively worked with the District to advance the cause of D.C. budget autonomy and representation. In November, the Union for Reform Judaism signed onto a letter expressing our support for budget autonomy. We remain committed to the pursuit of full rights for those who live in the nation’s Capitol.

Despite this symbolic victory for D.C., much more work remains to be done.

For more information about advancing the rights of those who live in D.C., check out our partner D.C. Vote!

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