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It wouldn’t grant the city statehood or voting members of Congress, but H.R. 5010 would give D.C. fiscal authority equal to that of the 50 states in one arena: quarters. Sponsored by Rep. Michael Castle (R-Del.), who authored the original state commemorative-quarter legislation, the proposed law would honor D.C. and five U.S. territories with their own commemorative coins, which would be minted after the last of the 50 state quarters in 2009. What impression should D.C. make? “At the moment, putting ‘Taxation Without Representation’ might be too much,” admits Foggy Bottom resident Sarah Shapiro, who first suggested putting the slogan on D.C.’s license plates. “I’d like the map of D.C. so people can see the city and not just the monuments. I don’t want a federal thing.” Shapiro has a few other thoughts as well. “I want our own Olympic team,” she says. “If those entities of the U.S. government like Puerto Rico have teams, then so should we.” Elissa Silverman
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