At Hill Hearing, a Proposal for D.C. Residents to Not Pay Taxes
One of the most vocal proponents of the DC vote bill offered an alternative today: stripping DC residents of the obligation to pay federal taxes.
Rep Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told a hearing of the House Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties that he was introducing a bill this week to exempt District residents from payimg taxes.
"Taxation without representation--that slogan has made an impression on me," said Gohmert.
DC Del. Eleonor Holmes Norton dismissed the announcement as a stunt.
She said she introduced a bill several years ago relieving DC residents of the obligation of paying federal taxes since they didn't have a vote in Congress.
"I got nowhere," she said.
Norton's bill would add two seats to the House, one for heavily Democratic DC and the other for the next state in line to pick up an additional seat. That state is currently Utah, which leans Republican.
Mary Beth Sheridan
Posted by: citizenw | January 28, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse
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