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Jan 19, 2013 Comments Off Spit Stixx

Excerpted from The Hill: President Obama’s motorcade sported “Taxation Without Representation” license plates for the first time on Saturday.

As part of the National Day of Service kicking of a weekend of inaugural events, the president has traveled to the Burrville Elementary School in Northeast Washington to participate in a City Year service project. Three vans in Obama’s motorcade were outfitted with the unique D.C. license plates as the president traveled to the school, according to a White House pool reporter.

The reporter said other vehicles in the motorcade had Maryland, Virginia or U.S. government plates.

The White House decision earlier this week to use the license plates was considered a victory for D.C. statehood advocates. Obama had avoided using the plates during his first term as president.

“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,” the White House said in a statement earlier this week.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) is the District’s sole representative on Capitol Hill. Norton is a “non-voting” member who can only vote on legislation during committee hearings.