The U.S. Conference of Mayors Brings Sequestration Fight to Capitol Hill
Mayors to Meet with Congressional Members, Explain Local Impact
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Conference of Mayors President Philadelphia Michael A. Nutter, along with a delegation of bipartisan mayors from a cross-section of the country will travel to Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 15th to express to Members of Congress the organization's strong opposition to sequestration cuts.
Mayors will meet with lawmakers to explain the devastating impact that sequestration cuts would have on local communities and their residents. Mayors also recently released a letter – now signed by 163 mayors – calling on Congress to work together to find a bi-partisan and balanced solution to achieve deficit reduction that facilitates, not undermines, economic growth in the nation's cities and metropolitan areas (http://usmayors.org/pressreleases/uploads/2012/0920-letter-sequestration.pdf).
As cities and their suburbs represent nearly 90 percent of the nation's wage and salary income, 86 percent of the nation's employment, and are where the majority of people in this country live, mayors maintain that cities and their metro areas – which drive the national economy -- will unfairly bear the impact of automatic, across-the-board cuts.
WHO: Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter, USCM President
Mesa (AZ) Mayor Scott Smith, USCM Vice President
Charleston (SC) Mayor Joe Riley, USCM Past President
Baltimore (MD) Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
North Little Rock (AR) Mayor Patrick Hays
Sumter (SC) Mayor Joseph McElveen
Columbia (SC) Mayor Stephen Benjamin
Denver (CO) Mayor Michael Hancock
Newton (MA) Mayor Setti Warren
Chicopee (MA) Mayor Michael Bissonnette
Madison (WI) Mayor Paul Soglin
Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director
WHAT: Meetings with Congressional Members to Express Opposition to Sequestration Cuts & Urge a Balanced Approach
WHEN: Thursday, November 15th
WHERE: Capitol Hill
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