Obama Supports Congressional Representation for D.C.

By Fred Lucas | January 17, 2013 | 3:37 PM EST


District of Columbia Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr)

(CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama is committed to representation for Washington, D.C., in Congress, said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, enough so that he is changing his license plate for presidential limos.


A reporter asked Carney about reports that Obama – after four years of not having the “Taxation Without Representation” plates on his vehicle, would be sporting the plates beginning Saturday.

“President Obama now has lived in the District 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,” Carney 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.”

The Constitution calls only for states to have representation in Congress. The District of Columbia, similar to U.S. territories, has a non-voting delegate in the U.S. House, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.