RNC Chairman Backs Voting Rights for D.C. Residents

WASHINGTON -- An unexpected voice is calling on President Barack Obama to support D.C. voting rights in Congress by putting the city's "Taxation Without Representation" license plates on White House vehicles.

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, a Washington native, challenged Obama on Friday. Steele told WTOP radio that he's willing to place the "Taxation Without Representation" plates on his own vehicle.

The D.C. Republican Party is praising Steele for his support of a stalled voting rights bill that would add a seat for D.C. in the House. The bill passed the Senate in February but stalled in the House over an attached measure that would strip the city of its strict gun-control laws.

President Bill Clinton had license plates with the D.C. protest message placed on his limousines, but President George W. Bush took them off.