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Norton To Meet With TSA Officials to Explain that D.C. Licenses are Real

D.C.-issued drivers licenses have had a rough couple of weeks. There was the D.C. man who was prevented from buying booze in New Hampshire because he didn't have a state-issued ID. And then a journalist was stopped by a Transportation Security Administration agent at airport security in Orlando, Fla., who said his D.C. ID wasn't valid (and didn't seem to realize D.C. was part of the United States).

So today, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, the ranking Democrat on the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, says she'll be meeting with top TSA officials to make sure they realize that D.C.-issued IDs are, in fact, valid U.S. IDs.

"We may not be a State and we may not have a vote in Congress, but we pay taxes to the United States,” Norton said in a press release. “At the very least, we should be recognized as part of the United States by our own Transportation Security Agency and by each and every State and locality."

The incident in Florida last week wasn't the first: In February, a woman was stopped in the Phoenix airport after a TSA agent said she wasn't sure if they accepted D.C. IDs. At the time, Norton issued a statement saying the incident "dramatically personified" D.C.'s lack of voting rights in Congress.

"I am looking forward to a sit-down meeting with TSA officials to find a permanent solution to this problem," Norton said today.

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  • Typical DC BS

    Yes,this certainly explains why DC should be a state (eyes rolling). Idiotic TSA folks not knowing that DC is part of the USA sure makes it official.

  • jkc

    @Typical DC BS - your Virginia eye rolling still doesn't explain why nearly 650,000 US citizens have no voice in Congress.

    cue "herp derp because the Constitution" in 3...2...1...

  • cminus

    The problem here isn't one that can be resolved by having Eleanor Holmes Norton lecture TSA personnel on the existence of DC as a part of the US.

    The real, fundamental, problem here is, why do we have the TSA? If it's to protect us against terrorist threats, why are they staffed with personnel who are too idiotic to know DC is a part of the US? If it's just mindless security-theater busywork, why are we putting up with the waste or time and expense?

  • Typical DC BS

    @jkc: Sorry your reading comprehension is so poor. Must be that great DC edumacation you received, huh?

    Funny how liberal morons like you can't figure out that the administration of DC is well within the purview of Congress. Want to change it? Then amend the Constitution - or is that too much for you to comprehend?