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The Supreme Court today rejected the District's challenge to an act of Congress that bars imposition of a "commuter tax" on suburban residents who work in the city.
Without comment, the court let stand an appeals court decision upholding the ban as a legitimate exercise of the blanket authority over the city granted to Congress by the U.S. Constitution.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, headed by then Chief Judge John G. Roberts Jr., rejected the [district's arguments] in November 2005, saying that the city's real dispute lies with the framers of the Constitution, who gave Congress total authority over the nation's capital city.
It was an appeal of that ruling that the Supreme Court declined to hear today. Roberts, now Chief Justice of the United States, took no part in the decision.
DC Loses Lawsuit Against U.S. Constitution (Nov. 5, 2005)
DC Commuter Tax Update (Nov. 17, 2005)
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