The Less-than-0.2-Percent (Washington, D.C. residents)
"Taxation Without Representation" has become an unofficial motto for the District of Columbia—indeed, it has become so ubiquitous that it is even inscribed on District license plates. Though residents of Washington, D.C., do have a delegate in the House of Representatives, Eleanor Holmes Norton, she is not allowed to vote on the House floor. The district also elects two "shadow senators" and a "shadow representative." None vote on the Hill; instead, they essentially lobby for D.C. issues. In addition, the local budget must be sent to Congress for approval. The movement for full DC representation has seen a few successes; in 2007, the D.C. Voting Rights Act passed the House, and in 2009, a D.C. voting rights bill passed the Senate for the first time in 31 years.
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