Tax Follies

Posted April 14, 2008 at 6:41pm

For many District of Columbia residents, April 15 isn’t just tax day — it is also “Taxed Without Representation” day, designed to remind Americans that the 600,000 people who live in D.C. do not have full Congressional representation.

[IMGCAP(1)]Advocacy group DC Vote is planning to host several Capitol Hill events today as a way to pressure Congress and others to act on the issue. Supporters will gather throughout the day at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Union Station and the National Capitol Post Office to hand out postcards and wooden nickels that educate people about voting rights.

D.C. residents in 2007 came closer than ever before to getting Congressional representation. Legislation that would give the District a full voting Representative easily passed the House but failed on a 57-42 cloture vote in the Senate.

Supporters haven’t given up on the measure, however. DC Vote traveled to Montana and Oregon earlier this year, and actress Hayden Panettiere even joined D.C. Shadow Sen. Paul Strauss (D) in a public service announcement asking for support.

TV Time. The Library of Congress has a new way to show off the more than 130 million items in its collection: the History Channel.

Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the partnership Monday.

The agreement will allow the Library to showcase its collection through the History Channel’s brands, which include TV shows, and the History Channel’s education classroom materials.

—Elizabeth Brotherton and Emily Yehle

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