SOURCE: U.S. Conference of Mayors

U.S. Conference of Mayors

March 01, 2017 12:40 ET

The Nation's Mayors to Bring United Front to Washington on Behalf of Cities, Metro Residents

Push Bipartisan Priorities with Administration & Congress During U.S. Conference of Mayors Leadership Meeting

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - March 01, 2017) - On the heels of President Trump's joint address to Congress, U.S. mayors are traveling to the nation's capital to press federal lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster on key issues important to people living in cities and their metropolitan areas -- particularly infrastructure investment, immigration & public safety and the impact of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Under the leadership of U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Vice President New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Second Vice President Columbia (SC) Mayor Stephen Benjamin, a bipartisan delegation of more than 30 mayors who serve in the organization's leadership will convene for meetings on Capitol Hill on Thursday, March 2nd to urge federal cooperation on their priorities. See a select listing of the mayors' meetings below:

EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt: 9:30am to 10am -- Capital Hilton Hotel - Federal Room
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Bill Shuster: 11am -- 2253 Rayburn
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi: 1:15pm to 1:45pm, H-204 Capitol Building
House Appropriations Committee Chair Rodney Frelinghuysen: 2pm to 2:30pm, 2306 Rayburn
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: 3:30pm to 4pm, S-230 Capitol Building
Education Secretary Betsy De Vos: 3pm to 4pm, U.S. Dept. of Education -- 400 Maryland Ave, SW

During their meetings, the bipartisan organization of mayors will stress that while cities are home to innovation, creativity and cultural diversity, they still need federal support to address crumbling infrastructure -- from roads and bridges to power grids and water systems -- as well as inadequate resources for many local programs that may be slated for budget cuts. Mayors continue to push for comprehensive immigration reform, the retention of patient-protection provisions in the Affordable Care Act, as well as the preservation of municipal bonds and Community Development Block Grants for lower-income residents.

The two-day leadership session will be held at the Capital Hilton hotel and all meetings are closed to press coverage. Mayors ARE AVAILABLE for one-on-one interviews upon request following their meetings by contacting Elena Temple at etemple@usmayors.org or Sara Durr at sara@durrcommunications.com.

Mayors slated to attend include (subject to change):
Oklahoma City (OK) Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM President
New Orleans (LA) Mayor Mitch Landrieu, USCM Vice President
Columbia (SC) Mayor Steve Benjamin, USCM Second Vice President
Rochester Hills (MI) Mayor Bryan Barnett
Gresham (OR) Mayor Shane Bemis
Albuquerque (NM) Mayor Richard Berry
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser
Carmel (IN) Mayor Jim Brainard
Tampa (FL) Mayor Bob Buckhorn
West Sacramento (CA) Mayor Christopher Cabaldon
New York City (NY) Mayor Bill de Blasio
Augusta (GA) Mayor Hardie Harris
Racine (WI) Mayor John Dickert
Beaverton (OR) Mayor Denny Doyle
Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fisher
Gary (IN) Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson
Bridgeport (CT) Mayor Joseph Ganim
Mesa (AZ) Mayor John Giles
Denver (CO) Mayor Michael Hancock
Burnsville (MN) Mayor Elizabeth Kautz
Plano (TX) Harry Larosiliere
Frisco (TX) Mayor Maher Maso
Hope (NJ) Mayor Timothy McDonough
Sumpter (SC) Mayor Joseph McElveen
New Bedford (MA) Mayor Jonathan Mitchell
Tempe (AZ) Mayor Mark Mitchell
Pembroke Pines (FL) Frank Ortis
Allentown (PA) Mayor Pawlowski
Knoxville (TN) Mayor Madeline Rogero
Santa Barbara (CA) Mayor Helene Schneider
Madison (WI) Mayor Paul Soglin
Tacoma (WA) Mayor Marilyn Strickland
Irving (TX) Mayor Beth Van Duyne
Piscataway (NJ) Brian Wahler
Newton (MA) Mayor Setti Warren
Fontana (CA) Mayor Acquanetta Warren
Dayton (OH) Mayor Nan Whaley

About The United States Conference of Mayors -- The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country today, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/usmayors, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/usmayors.

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